According to a recent poll published by Elon University, North Carolina marijuana legalization is gaining momentum, with more than half of the state’s citizens ready to legalize the plant for medicinal purposes. After surveying 506 voters in the state, the poll concluded that 80% of North Carolinians support marijuana as medication, trumping the 17% that oppose medical marijuana.
The southern state’s political parties appear to agree on the legalization of medical marijuana, with Elon University reporting that 83% of both democrat and independent support medical marijuana legalization, and 73% of republican voters saying they would also support it.
Though a large group is in support of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, sentiments shifted when polltakers were asked if they would support the legalization of recreational marijuana. The poll concluded that 51% of those living in North Carolina oppose legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, while 45% support the idea.
The poll even broke down what age groups supported or opposed recreational legalization. With the strongest amount of support coming from those born after 1980, 65% of millennials are ready for recreational marijuana to be legal. Polltakers born before 1945, the “Silent Generation,” are on the opposite end with only 11% on board for recreational marijuana. The poll also showed 53% of men support recreational marijuana, compared to 38% of women.
North Carolina lawmakers have tried to pass medical marijuana legislation, but they have yet to succeed; however, cannabidiol oil, a non-psychoactive compound in the marijuana plant, is currently legal in the state for those suffering from epilepsy.