Marijuana Legalization Has Majority Support In North Carolina, Poll Finds

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A majority of North Carolina adults support legalizing marijuana for adult use—and three in four say it should be legal for medical purposes—according to a new poll. The survey found that the percentage of respondents who favor recreational cannabis legalization increased by nine points, from 45 to 54 percent, since the firm last polled North Carolina residents on the question in 2017. Support for medical marijuana reform dipped to 73 percent, down from 80 percent in the earlier poll, but opposition remained stable at 18 percent, compared to 17 percent. When it comes to recreational legalization, opposition “fell substantially over the last three years,” Jason Husser, director of the Elon Poll, said in a press release. “I suspect this is due in large part to the wave of states that have passed legalization measures,” he said. “Medical marijuana legalization remains broadly supported in every demographic group we examined.” Via Elon University. They survey identified a number of demographic trends that were consistent with findings from other recent polls on cannabis policy. For example, young people were most likely to back legalization, with 62 percent of those 18-24 and 66 percent of those 25-44 in favor of the reform. In contrast, 52 percent of people 45-64 said they support legalization and just 32 percent of those 65 and older said the same. “We found a major generational gap for recreational marijuana legalization with those under 44 being about twice as likely as those 65 or older to support legalization,” Husser said. “Notably, these large generational differences do not extend to support for medical marijuana and lowering criminal penalties. Most Republicans also supported reducing penalties and legalizing medical marijuana.” Democrats are more likely to embrace legalization at 59 percent, compared to 43 percent of Republicans. State Sen. Wiley Nickel (D) shared the…

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