Poll: Plurality Of Minnesotans Support Legalizing Cannabis

Poll: Plurality Of Minnesotans Support Legalizing Cannabis

Minneapolis, MN: More Minnesotans support legalizing and regulating the social use of marijuana by adults than endorse maintaining its criminal prohibition, according to statewide survey data released by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Minnesota affiliate of NORML (MN NORML).

Forty-nine percent of respondents said that they support legalizing the retail production and sale of marijuana. Forty-four percent of respondents opposed the idea.

A supermajority (76 percent) of respondents expressed support for allowing qualified patients legal access to cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Last year, state lawmakers approved limited legislation permitting qualified patients to possess concentrated formulations of cannabis extracts, but not the plant itself.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said that the decision to legalize marijuana ought to be decided by voters. Only 35 percent said that politicians should decide marijuana policy.

"These polling numbers show that Minnesotans’ views on cannabis are well ahead of those of their elected officials," said Randy Quast, founding board member of MN NORML. "More Minnesotans now support legalizing the plant than endorse maintaining the status quo, criminalization, and a super-majority of Minnesotans want patients to have far broader access to the plant for therapeutic purposes than is presently provided by state lawmakers."

The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points.

For more information, please contact Marcus Harcus at Minnesota NORML at: marcus@mnnorml.org.