Most Americans agree with NORML that responsible marijuana consumers should not be treated like criminals. Eight in ten Americans support the medical use of marijuana, and two-thirds of adults favor legalizing marijuana for adults. Our challenge, in those jurisdictions where cannabis is not yet legal and on the federal level, is to convert this public support into public policy.
- National Polls
- State Polls
- Medical Marijuana Surveys
- Data for Progress (November 2022) Seventy-four percent of likely voters support “ending the federal ban on marijuana."
- Gallup (November 2022) Sixty-eight percent of US adults say “the use of marijuana should be legal."
- Pew Research Center National Poll (November 2022) Eighty-nine percent of US adults believe that marijuana should be legal for either medical or adult use purposes. Only ten percent favor its continued criminalization.
- Fox News (November 2022) Sixty-three percent of US adults favor “legalizing the recreational use of marijuana nationwide."
- Monmouth University Poll (October 2022) Sixty-eight percent of the American public supports legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. This includes 76% of Democrats and 73% of independents, along with 52% of Republicans.
- Data for Progress (October 2022) Sixty-six percent of voters support legislation “to legalize marijuana at the federal level for all adults.”
- Morning Consult/Politico Poll (October 2022) Sixty percent of registered voters say “marijuana use should be made legal nationwide."
- Texas: University of Texas Poll (March 2023) 67% of Texans support legislation that would make the recreational use of marijuana for any purpose legal for those age 21 and older, with 47% strongly in support of legalization.
- Florida: University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab poll (March 2023) Seventy percent of voters support allowing those age 21 and older “to legally possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana for recreational use."
- Iowa: Morningside Legalization Poll Iowa adults "favor legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in the state” by a margin of 57 to 33%
- New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire Poll (March 2023) Seventy-one percent of respondents support “legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use”—with 56 percent saying they “strongly” feel that way.
- Hawaii: SMS Research Poll (January 2023) Fifty-two percent of Hawaii adults support “revising current Hawaii law to allow Hawaii adults to legally use cannabis for recreational purposes."
- Georgia: Atlanta-Journal Constitution Poll (January 2023) Fifty-three percent of Georgians say that cannabis should be legal for adult use.
- Indiana: Ball State University Poll (December 2022) Fifty-six percent of adults believe that marijuana should be" legal for personal use."
Medical Marijuana Surveys
- North Carolina: Meredith College Poll (February 2023) Seventy-three percent of voters, including 91 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of Republicans and 77 percent of those who identified as unaffiliated, "support a law allowing the use of marijuana in North Carolina for medical reasons.”
- Texas: Dallas Morning News Poll (January 2023) Eight-two percents of Texans support the passage of legislation legalizing medical access to cannabis for authorized patients.
- South Carolina: Winthrop University Poll (November 2022) Seventy-eight percent of respondents favor legalizing medical marijuana in instances where it is authorized by a physician.
- Kansas: KSN Emerson College Poll (October 2022) Sixty-one percent of voters support legislative efforts to legalize medical cannabis for authorized patients.
- Alabama: Mowery Consulting Group (October 2022) Seventy-nine percent of likely Alabama voters favor patients’ access to medical cannabis.
- Nebraska: Data Targeting and Neilan Strategy Group poll (October 2022) Sixty-three percent of likely voters said they would support legalizing marijuana for medical use.