According to Muhlenberg College Public Health Program’s 2023 Pennsylvania Health Survey, support for cannabis legalization in the state fell from… Read More
According to Muhlenberg College Public Health Program’s 2023 Pennsylvania Health Survey, support for cannabis legalization in the state fell from 56% last year to 50% this year – marking the first time in a decade the survey has found a decrease in support for the reforms.
The survey found 38% opposed cannabis legalization with 18% neither in favor nor opposed, and 1% unsure.
In 2013, the poll found 33% in favor and 40% opposed to broad cannabis legalization in the Keystone state, and in 2021, the survey found 58% of respondents backed the reforms – the highest level recorded for the Health Survey.
The poll notes that the drop in support for cannabis legalization “may simply be the product of a sampling error.”
The poll also found a majority of respondents were concerned with the rise in cannabis use among young adults (18-22 years old) – with 22% of respondents saying they were “very concerned,” and 33% “somewhat concerned.” Twenty-seven percent of those polled said they were “not too concerned,” and 18% said they were “not at all concerned.”
Earlier this month, Democratic State Sen. Sharif Street and Republican State Sen. Dan Laughlin introduced a measure to legalize cannabis in the state. That measure is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.