On Jan. 11, 2017, the Pew Research Center released the results of a national survey of law enforcement officers, finding that 68% of police officers think America’s marijuana laws need to be relaxed.
While 68% of officers support relaxed marijuana laws, a previous survey from the Pew Research Center found that 84% of adults in the United States believe such laws need to be relaxed.
As far as the degree of legalization supported, the survey found that 32% of officers support medical marijuana and 37% support medical and personal marijuana; however, 30% of officers believe marijuana should be completely illegal. Meanwhile, 35% of the general public supports medical marijuana, 49% supports medical and personal marijuana, and 15% thinks marijuana should be illegal.
The survey also found that officers under 35 were more likely to support medical and personal marijuana use than officers between the ages of 50 and 60.
The law enforcement survey, conducted by the National Police Research Platform, polled 7,914 policemen and women between May 19 and Aug. 14, 2016.