The cannabis reform movement created some absorbing headlines for the week of April 21 – 27, 2018. As a new poll shows, cannabis legalization is supported by a majority of Americans, Jeff Sessions admitted there may be some medicinal benefits to medical marijuana. Meanwhile, in the Midwest, the governor of Kansas signed hemp legislation into law, and Missouri’s House of Representatives passed legislation that could legalize medical cannabis in the Show Me State.
After another progressive week in the marijuana news cycle, it’s time to cultivate a greater understanding of the headlines influencing the American perspective on legalization.
Americans Support Marijuana
A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, April 26, 2018, indicated 93 percent of surveyed Americans support legalizing medicinal cannabis, and 63 percent support legalizing recreational marijuana.
Asked if they “support or oppose” the legal use medical marijuana when recommended by a physician, roughly 9 in 10 said they support it. For the poll, respondents were broken down by political affiliation, age, and gender.
The poll found that medical marijuana is supported across party lines, with 86 percent of Republicans voicing support. As for full legalization, the poll found support has increased by 12 percentage points since Dec. 5, 2012. The poll also revealed a majority of American voters have come to the understanding that marijuana is not a “gateway