On April 17, 2017, “Weed & the American Family,” a poll conducted by The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion and Yahoo News, revealed data points on Americans’ perspectives regarding legalization, the evolution of social norms and how marijuana affects relationships.
Medical, Recreational and Relationships
After surveying 1,122 adults over the phone between March 1-March 7, 2017, the poll found that 83% of Americans support medical marijuana legalization, with a majority of respondents also believing that their spouse, partner or significant other would approve of them using marijuana for medicinal purposes.
While medical marijuana legalization enjoys strong support, 69% of Americans don’t think it’s acceptable for women to use marijuana while pregnant and 46% don’t think doctors should recommend medical marijuana to children.
In regards to recreational marijuana, 47% of Americans oppose recreational legalization, with a majority of respondents also believing that their spouse, partner or significant other would not approve of them using marijuana for recreational purposes even if consumed legally.
Law and Finance
While the Yahoo News/Marist poll concentrated on marijuana questions related to family, social acceptability and public health, the poll also wove in issues of law and finance.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has expressed his doubts on medical marijuana’s ability to ease the country’s opioid epidemic, but 67% of Americans believe an opioid prescription is more dangerous than a medical marijuana recommendation.
Within the realm of politics, 47% of Americans polled don’t think the Trump Administration should be as tough as the Obama Administration was in regards to enforcing federal law in states with medical marijuana; however, 57% of respondents believe the Trump Administration should be as tough or tougher than the Obama Administration when it comes to enforcing federal law in states that have legalized recreational marijuana.
If the United States were to legalize marijuana federally, the shift in law would open some American minds to profit from it—29% of Americans would be willing to invest in a federally legal marijuana business, 52% would approve of their bank electing to invest in a marijuana business and 51% would be okay with their retirement fund investing in the industry.