Majority Of Black Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana, Freeing Cannabis Prisoners And Expunging Records, Poll Shows

Majority Of Black Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana, Freeing Cannabis Prisoners And Expunging Records, Poll Shows
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Black Americans strongly support legalizing marijuana and providing relief to those who’ve faced past convictions over cannabis-related offenses, a new polling analysis from the Pew Research Center found. The analysis, which is based on data from a survey that Pew conducted last year, found that nearly six-in-ten black Americans favor legalizing cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes, while an additional 28 percent said only medical cannabis should be legal. Only 11 percent of black respondents said that marijuana should remain completely criminalized. About six-in-ten Black adults (57%) say marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use by adults, while 28% say marijuana should be legal for medical use only. Notably few Black adults (11%) say marijuana use should not be legal. https://t.co/O0E6zqc3DT pic.twitter.com/HUTp8NJQV1 — Pew Research Race and Ethnicity (@pewidentity) June 8, 2022 Asked whether people should be released from prison and have their records expunged for cannabis-only offenses, 74 percent of black Americans said in separate questions that both of those policies should be enacted. While black support for marijuana reform is largely consistent with support from the general public, the race-specific analysis is especially important in context, as black Americans are significantly more likely to be arrested and prosecuted over cannabis even though studies have found that white people are even more likely to use illicit drugs. Pew also analyzed more specific data points on black support for reform, finding, for example, that there are partisan divides, with those who identify as Democrats or liberal being more likely to embrace recreational and medical legalization (61 and 70 percent, respectively) than those who identify as Republican or conservative (48 and 41 percent, respectively). Similar shares of Black Democrats and Black Republicans say marijuana use should be legal (88% and 85%, respectively), though views differ somewhat on the…

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