New Poll Has Some Surprising Results About Louisiana’s View On Marijuana

The Louisiana Cannabis Association, which is the group trying to expand medical marijuana in the state, commissioned a poll from JMC Enterprises to find out what the people of Louisiana think about weed. This comes as the Louisiana Senate recently passed SB 271, which would expand medical marijuana to treat more medical conditions.

Here’s the press release:

The Louisiana Cannabis Association recently commissioned a poll by JMC Enterprises, revealing that a full 72% of Louisiana voters favor the legalization of medical marijuana. Key poll findings include:

  1.  Louisianan voters overwhelmingly support allowing patients to receive medical marijuana. 72% agree that medical marijuana should be available for these patients and only 13% oppose such usage. The remaining 15% are undecided.
  2.  The legalization of marijuana for medical use has wide bipartisan support. 70% of Democrats and 67% of Republicans are in favor. Support for legalization also crosses gender and racial lines; 75% of male voters, and 69% of female voters in favor.
  3.  37% favor expanding sanctions to include recreational use along with medical use. 37% favor sanctioning marijuana only for medical use and 20% oppose sanctions for any form of marijuana.

“These results demonstrate the widespread endorsement of medical marijuana among Louisiana voters,” said Jesse McCormick of the Louisiana Cannabis Association. 

That’s pretty overwhelming support for medical marijuana. But recreational marijuana legalization still remains largely unpopular in the state.

I take a strange view on the issue. I’m highly skeptical of medical marijuana. It just doesn’t deliver the benefits its proponents believe it does. The only reason I’m inclined to support it is that I don’t think the state should make medical decisions for people.

Having said that, I tend to be supportive of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. While I’m not going to sit here and claim marijuana is harmless, I do believe that effects of the drug are similar enough to alcohol so it should be treated like it.

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