Majority of North Carolina Voters Want Recreational and Medical Cannabis

Majority of North Carolina Voters Want Recreational and Medical Cannabis
High Times

Neither medical nor recreational cannabis is legal in North Carolina. Recent efforts to legalize both have mostly gone cold. But if a poll released this week is any indication, there is no need to wait. The latest findings from SurveyUSA showed broad support across bipartisan lines for reform to the state’s cannabis laws. Seventy-two percent of registered voters in North Carolina said that cannabis for medical use should be made legal in the state, according to the poll, while only 18% said it should remain against the law. The poll found that medical cannabis has support among 64% of North Carolina Republicans, 75% of Democrats and 78% of Independents. When it comes to recreational pot use, 57% of North Carolina voters said it should be legal, with only 32% saying it should remain against the law. Sixty-three percent of Democrats and 60% of Independents expressed support for recreational cannabis use, while Republicans were split on the matter. Forty-six percent of GOP voters in North Carolina said that recreational pot should be illegal, while 44% said it should remain against the law, according to the poll. Majorities of every age group in North Carolina expressed support for recreational cannabis––except for voters aged 65 and older, among whom only 37% said it should be legalized. The poll numbers come at a time when cannabis reform efforts in the Tar Heel State have come to a virtual standstill. A bill to legalize medical cannabis in North Carolina showed some promise last summer when it won approval from the state Senate Judiciary Committee. The legislation, Senate Bill 711, was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Bill Rabon and would have authorized cannabis treatment for patients with various qualifying conditions. But as local television station WRAL reported this week, it remains “unclear what state lawmakers will…

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