According to the poll, less than 35% of law enforcement officers support retaining current penalties for cannabis. By comparison, 36% believe cannabis should be legalized, taxed and regulated, and an additional 18% believe that cannabis possession should result in a maximum penalty of a fine, rather than incarceration. 11% stated that it should be legal for medical purpose. All told, nearly 65% of police officers stated that they support either the decriminalization or legalization of cannabis in some form.
“This poll reveals that support for marijuana prohibition is eroding even amongst those who are serving on the front lines enforcing it,” says Erik Altieri, Communications Director for NORML, “When a majority of the American people and most of those tasked with implementing a law disagree with it in principle, it is time to change that law.”
The full poll results can be found by clicking here.