A new poll conducted by the Libertas Institute has found that 61% of those in Utah support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes, with only 28% opposed to the idea.
These results, which are the first to show that a majority of Utahns support medical cannabis, surprised even those who conducted the poll; “Were honestly surprised that a majority of Utah voters indicated support for legalizing medical marijuana”, says Connor Boyack, President of the Libertas Institute.
He continues; “One might think, given the predominant political party and religion, that that wouldn’t be the case. Evidently many Utahns have been persuaded regarding the medical benefits cannabis can offer to sick people”.
In addition to these results, the poll found that a majority – 52% compared to 36% – believe that the federal government should abstain from enforcing their cannabis ban in states where it’s legal.
The poll did find a majority to be in opposition to recreational legalization; however, 43% of respondents were either in favor of it, or on-the-line, which is still a substantial amount in one of the most conservative and religious states in the country.
The polling’s margin of sampling error is ±4.38%.