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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.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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