A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that a majority of U.S. voters continue to support legalizing cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes.
Eighty-nine percent of voters say they believe medical cannabis should be legally available to adults if prescribed by a doctor. Fifty-four percent of those voters believe cannabis should also be legal in the United States for recreational consumption by adults.
Additionally, respondents showed their support for making medical cannabis more widely available to veterans. Eighty-seven percent of voters believe doctors with the U.S. Veterans Administration should be able to prescribe medical cannabis in pill form to veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. According a recent article in CBS News, a increasing number of veterans are turning to medical cannabis to relieve symptoms associated with PTSD. Evidence suggests using medical cannabis could reduce the need for patients to rely on more powerful prescription opioids and tranquilizer drugs.
This November, many voters will have the chance to put their pro-legalization beliefs into action. Voters in multiple states, including California, Nevada, Arizona, and Massachusetts, will have the opportunity to support measures that could legalize recreational cannabis. In other states, like Florida, medical cannabis is on the ballot. As voters continue to learn more about the benefits of ending prohibition and legalizing cannabis, support for measures such as these will only continue to grow.
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