Poll: Over 67% of Pennsylvanians Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis, Up 11% from Last Year
“The number that we’re getting from this latest poll is consistent with national support for medical marijuana, which is around two-thirds,” says Phil Harold, an RMU political science professor. Support is up 11.4% from last year, when an RMU poll found support for medical cannabis in Pennsylvania to be at 56.1%.
“There’s a changing climate of opinion that is very favorable,” says Harold. Referring to legislation pending in Pennsylvania’s Legislature that would legalize medical cannabis, Harold says; “It would not be surprising to me if this would pass in Pennsylvania in the near future.”
According to the poll, support for legalizing medical cannabis is strong among all age groups, including being supported by 61% of those 65 and older, and by 69% of those 44 and younger.
In January, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that he would sign legislation to legalize medical cannabis if it reaches his desk. Harold attributes the rise in support for the issue at least partially to Wolf’s new-found support.