A new Public Policy Polling survey has found strong support for cannabis law reform in the State of North Carolina. According to the poll, 48% of those in the state are in support of recreational cannabis legalization, with just 42% opposed. When it comes to legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, 63% are in support.
Last year the same polling firm found 39% of those in the state to be in support of recreational cannabis legalization, meaning this new poll represents a 9% increase in support.
“The people of North Carolina are beginning to understand that marijuana is safer than alcohol and are eager for a change in how we spend our tax dollars and generate revenue in the state,” says Jon Kennedy of North Carolina NORML, who says these poll results demonstrate a rapidly growing shift in public opinion.
Last year a proposal to decriminalize up to an ounce of cannabis made some noise in the state’s House of Representatives, though it eventually stalled in committee.