Medical And Recreational Marijuana Legalization Have Majority Support In South Carolina, Poll Finds

Medical And Recreational Marijuana Legalization Have Majority Support In South Carolina, Poll Finds
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More than three in four South Carolina adults, including a majority of Republicans, support medical marijuana legalization, a new poll found. And a slimmer majority in the state backs adult-use legalization as well. The new survey results come months after a medical cannabis bill passed the South Carolina Senate only to stall in the House of Representatives. A GOP congresswoman from the state recently told Marijuana Moment that lawmakers who block the reform are “on the wrong side of history.” The Winthrop Poll, conducted in the lead-up to this month’s midterm elections, showed that 78 percent of adults want to see cannabis legalized for medical purposes, while 54 percent are in favor of recreational legalization. For the medical marijuana question, strong majorities of both major parties back the reform, with 82 percent of Democrats and 71 percent of Republicans on board. There was a greater divide when it came to adult-use legalization, with a majority of Democrats (67 percent) supporting the policy change, compared to only 39 percent of Republicans. “Support for medical marijuana has been growing in South Carolina with sizable majorities from both parties favoring it,” Scott Huffmon, director of the Winthrop Poll, said. “While a bit more than half showed support for legalizing recreational marijuana, there was a sharp partisan divide.” The survey involved interviews with 1,298 registered South Carolina adults from October 22-November 8, with a +/-2.8 percentage point margin of error. Marijuana reform also played a role in the South Carolina gubernatorial race, which saw incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster (R) retain his seat over challenger Joe Cunningham, a former Democratic congressman. McMaster attempted to dissuade voters from electing Cunningham, in part because of his opponent’s support for marijuana legalization. Cunningham was unseated in his congressional reelection race in 2020 by now-Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who…

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