Pew Poll: Only 30% of Cops Believe Cannabis Should be Illegal for All Reasons

A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a minority of police officers in the United States support a full-blown prohibition on cannabis.

According to the survey of almost 8,000 active-duty police officers; 32% believe that cannabis should be legal for both recreational and medical purposes; an additional 37% believe that it should be legal for medical use only. Just 30% – less than 1 in 3 – believe cannabis should remain illegal for all uses.

By comparison, the survey found 49% of the public to be in support of legalizing medical and recreational cannabis; 35% support legalizing medical cannabis only, with just 15% supporting full prohibition.

The poll is one of the largest ever conducted on how police officers feel about cannabis policy.

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