Data from recent polling conducted by George Washington University shows that a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. Specifically, 73% of those polled favor medical marijuana legalization and 53% favor decriminalization. The poll did not ask the respondents about legalization of recreational cannabis, which is unfortunate as that would have made for another interesting data point.
Interestingly, 68% of the respondents stated that they would be more likely to go to the polls if a marijuana legalization measure were to be on the ballot. The passion that legalized cannabis brings out in the voting populace has the potential to be a driving force in upcoming state elections. NORML’s executive director Allen St. Pierre told Bloomberg that ballot measures on marijuana legalization are set for Alaska’s primary this August and will probably appear in Oregon this November. We have little doubt that marijuana legalization will pass in both states but it will also be interesting to see how those measures’ presence on the ballot impacts voter turnout and voter choice on the other items on the ballots.