Poll: Most Americans Support Ending Federal Cannabis Criminalization

Washington, DC: More than six in ten US adults say that they favor “changing federal law to legalize marijuana for recreational use,” according to national polling data compiled by the Washington DC-based publication Politico and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. It is the third national survey released within the past month showing strong majority support among Americans for legalizing marijuana.

Sixty-two percent of respondents endorsed legalization and 69 percent said that they supported allowing the substance to be sold at state-licensed retail stores. Support for legalization was strongest among self-identified Independents (69 percent) and Democrats (67 percent).

Slight majorities also said that they supported the establishment of state-licensed cannabis cafes (52 percent) and were comfortable with recreational marijuana facilities operating in their local neighborhoods (53 percent).

Consistent with prior polls, most respondents residing in adult-use legal states favor the policy change. Sixty-four percent said that “legalizing marijuana for recreational use … has been a good thing.”

Commenting on the poll results, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said: “At a time when the political divide is larger than ever, the issue of marijuana legalization is one of the few policy issues upon which most Americans agree. With eleven states now having legalized the adult use of cannabis, citizens of all ages and ideologies are seeing the benefits of regulation and rejecting the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. We expect to see public support to continue to grow in 2020 as more and more states implement sensible cannabis regulatory policies.”

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

For more information, contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.