GOP Voters In Early Primary States Oppose Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws

GOP Voters In Early Primary States Oppose Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws

Raleigh, NC: Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire do not believe that the incoming administration ought to interfere with the enactment of state laws legalizing marijuana, according to polling data conducted by Public Policy Polling and published Tuesday by

Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters in New Hampshire believe "[S]tates should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference." Sixty-four percent of Iowa GOP voters agree with the statement.

This voter sentiment is contrary to the public positions of at least two Republican presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio – both of whom have espoused using the power of the federal government to roll back changes in state marijuana laws.

Overall, a super-majority of all voters in Iowa (71 percent) and New Hampshire (73 percent) oppose federal interference in state laws permitting marijuana use.

Nationwide polls have previously reported similar results. Gallup pollsters reported that 64 percent of respondents oppose federal interference in state laws that allow for the legal use of cannabis by adults, while a poll commissioned by the think-tank Third Way found that six out of ten voters believe that states, not the federal government, should authorize and enforce marijuana policy. Most recently, a 2015 nationwide Pew poll reported that a strong majority of Americans — including 64 percent of Independents, 58 percent of Democrats, and 54 percent of Republicans — believe that the federal government should not enforce laws in states that allow marijuana use.

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