The past few years have seen more and more states pass legislation legalizing recreational and medical cannabis. Presently, 36 states have legalized medical cannabis, 17 have legalized the use of recreational cannabis, and 13 states, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, have decriminalized recreational use. A large swathe of America is clearly behind legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana, and a new survey by Pew Research Center has the numbers to prove it.
Conducted from April 5–11 this year, the survey found that 60% of Americans who are of age support both recreational and medical cannabis while 30% support only medical use. Only 8% (1 in 10) of the respondents said that neither medical nor recreational cannabis should be legalized. The results of the survey come shortly after New York and Virginia legalized recreational cannabis, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would move forward with federal cannabis legislation with or without President Joe Biden’s support.
A separate survey question that asked about cannabis in general without specifying if it was for medical or recreational use found evidence proving that support for cannabis legalization has been on a steep rise in the past 20 years. From 2000 to 2019, the number of Americans who thought cannabis should be legalized in the country has more than doubled. As expected, people’s views on marijuana varied based on their age and political leanings, with few adults of any age group being completely against legalizing any form of cannabis.
Naturally, younger adults are far more likely to support legalizing cannabis compared to older adults. An estimated 70% of adults aged 30 and below say they support recreational and medical cannabis while just 32% of adults 75 and older thought recreational and medical cannabis ought to be allowed. On the other hand, 53% of adults aged 65 to 74 said medical and recreational cannabis should be legalized.
Conservatives were less receptive towards marijuana, with 47% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents saying they support both recreational and medical cannabis and 40% saying medical cannabis should be legal. On the Democrats’ side, 72% were in favor of legalizing both recreational and medical cannabis with an additional 23% saying only medical use should be allowed.
In addition, 39% (4 in 10) of conservative Republicans thought both recreational and medical cannabis should be legal, while 60% of moderate and liberal Republicans were in favor of both. In terms of race, 63% of white adults and 65% of Black adults say medical and recreational cannabis should be legal compared to 52% of Hispanic adults and 43% of Asian adults feeling the same way.
If only these surveys could result in federal changes to marijuana policy, licensed cannabis firms such as RYAH Group Inc. would have a less complicated regulatory climate within which to operate.
NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to RYAH Group Inc. are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/RYAH
CNW420 spotlights the latest developments in the rapidly evolving cannabis industry through the release of two informative articles each business day. Our concise, informative content serves as a gateway for investors interested in the legalized cannabis sector and provides updates on how regulatory developments may impact financial markets. Articles are released each business day at 4:20 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. Eastern – our tribute to the time synonymous with cannabis culture. If marijuana and the burgeoning industry surrounding it are on your radar, CNW420 is for you! Check back daily to stay up-to-date on the latest milestones in the fast -changing world of cannabis.
To receive instant SMS alerts, text CANNABIS to 21000 (U.S. Mobile Phones Only)
For more information please visit https://www.CNW420.com
Do you have questions or are you interested in working with CNW420? Ask our Editor
CNW420 is part of the InvestorBrandNetwork.