420 with CNW – Poll Finds Cannabis Legalization More Popular than $15 Minimum Wage and Free College Education

July 26, 2019 15:20:08

A new national survey has found that legalizing marijuana is more popular than providing free college education and instituting a $15 minimum wage across the country. The poll, conducted by Marist Poll, was funded by PBS NewsHour and NPR.

In the poll, 1,346 adults from across the country were interviewed over the phone between July 15 and 17 about their views on 20 policy proposals. More specifically, the respondents were asked to state whether those policy proposals were or weren’t a good idea. 63 percent of the people polled said legalizing cannabis was a good idea while 32 percent were opposed to this policy proposal.

Only four policy proposals ranked higher than cannabis legalization during this poll. Those policies are; making it mandatory for a background check to be done before anyone buys a firearm, government passing regulations for the prices of prescription drugs, giving people the liberty to opt in to Medicare, and creating a mechanism through which people who enter the U.S. illegally can acquire citizenship.

On the issue of Medicare, 70 percent of the respondents said that they supported a system that would allow people to choose between being on the national healthcare insurance scheme and enrolling on a private one.

The findings of this poll provide some explanation as to why many see marijuana policy reform as a politically correct view to hold. For example, almost all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have voiced their support for cannabis legalization.

That said, previous polls suggest that advocates shouldn’t be excited by this development since marijuana policy reform hasn’t yet become a strong enough issue upon which political offices can be won or lost across the country. Many voters would still elect a candidate even if that candidate wasn’t in favor of marijuana legalization.

The Marist Poll also highlights the ideological and demographic patterns defining whether someone thinks cannabis legalization is a good or bad idea. For example, more Democrats (74 percent) support legalization while less than half of Republicans are in favor. Younger adults are also more likely to welcome legalization when compared to those who are passed 50.

All in all, this particular poll doesn’t differ from the findings of the Gallop poll of June this year which found that 64 percent of American adults want to see marijuana legalized. Industry analysts believe the cannabis industry, including Geyser Brands Inc. (TSX.V: GYSR) and Earth Science Tech Inc. (OTCQB: ETST), must be wondering when all this public support will eventually trigger federal marijuana policy reform.

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