Tennesseans’ Support for Medical Cannabis Reflect National Polling Numbers

 

A December, 2016 Vanderbilt poll showed that 75% (7.5 out of 10) of Tennessee citizens believed that medical cannabis should be legal, which is apparently right on par with the rest of the nation.

An April, 2017 poll showed that 8 in 10 Americans now think cannabis should be legal for medical use. Nearly half — 49% — approve of smoking it for recreational​ purposes, according to the new poll commissioned by Yahoo! News and performed by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

The survey asked a representative sample of 1,122 adults nationwide via phones. It posed a series of questions about people’s feelings and perceptions about cannabis, a plant that has increasingly gained public acceptance.

While the Americans surveyed mostly supported use of medical cannabis, 69% said they didn’t think pregnant women should partake.

70% said they believe cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes.

67% said taking opioids such as Vicodin and OxyContin for controlling chronic pain was a larger health risk than relying on medical cannabis.

Only 26% of Americans said they had never tried cannabis, while 52% said they have used it at least once.

More than half said they believe cannabis is socially acceptable, and addiction did not rank very high on most respondents lists of concerns about it’s usage.

The biggest worry, expressed by 30% of those surveyed, was that cannabis is illegal.

Even among those who had never used cannabis, only 10% said they thought sinsemilla was addictive; and only 19% said they thought using cannabis could lead to use of other illegal drugs.

47% said doctors should be able to prescribe medical marijuana to children.

In February, the Trump administration signaled it would take a tougher stance toward enforcing federal drug laws than the Obama administration did, leading some to worry that states such as Denver, and now California, which have legalized cannabis for recreational use, will soon face a backlash. Doing so would seem to be an unpopular move, according to the poll results which show than only 20% of Americans thought the Trump administration’s enforcement actions should be tougher than the Obama administration’s for medical marijuana and 30% said that for recreational use. Everyone else said the feds should handle the issue the same as the Obama administration did or even more liberally.

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