Poll Shows Majority of Kentucky Residents in Favor of Legal Cannabis

Kentucky lawmakers are considering whether to pursue medical marijuana. A new poll suggests that the people in the state are more than ready. 

The survey, conducted on behalf of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a nonprofit in the state, found that a staggering nine in 10 of adults there “favor allowing the purchase and use of marijuana for medical purposes if a doctor recommends it.” 

Additionally, the poll found that 59 percent of Kentuckians support allowing marijuana under any circumstances, while 49 percent favor allowing marijuana for recreational purposes.

Those numbers show a dramatic change in attitudes toward pot, according to the pollsters. In 2012, the last time they tested those questions in Kentucky, 78 percent said they supported medical cannabis, while only 38 percent said they supported pot under circumstances and just 26 percent said they supported it for recreational purposes.

The latest poll, which was conducted from October 16-December 6, 2019 using telephone interviews with 1,559 Kentucky adults, showed virtually no partisan divide on the issue of medical cannabis. Ninety-five percent of Democrats said they supported it for medical purposes, compared with 90 percent of Republicans. According to the poll, 68 percent of Democrats support pot under any

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