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61% Of State Supports Legal Cannabis

MU poll finds 75% of Democrats, 51% of Republicans back legalization.

By , Wisconsin Examiner - Mar 6th, 2022 08:51 am
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Support for cannabis legalization in the Badger State is growing, according to the Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. The poll found that 61% of the respondents favored legalization, with 31% opposed to ending the state prohibition. The survey found majority support among Republicans, with 51%, as well as independents (60%) and Democrats (75%).

Support among all three groups has increased “by 20 or more points”  over the last decade since  the poll began posing the question of Wisconsin voters, said Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School Poll. The latest survey “is the first time we’ve seen a Republican majority in favor in this poll,” he said at a Milwaukee Press Club event Thursday.

In October 2013, 50% of all voters and 53% of Democrats  in the survey supported legalization. Meanwhile 51% of Republican respondents favored keeping  cannabis illegal in that survey; that dropped to 42% in the February 2022 poll. Among independents, support for legalized cannabis rose from 49% in 2013 and peaked at 68% in 2019 before declining to the current 60%. .

Franklin said support increases even more when the questions are phrased to focus on medicinal cannabis legalization, support goes up even more. What’s more, framing the question differently, such as asking whether cannabis should be regulated like alcohol, doesn’t seem to affect the responses from Wisconsinites.

Despite the majority support, movement to legalize cannabis in the legislature is non-existent. Wisconsin Republican elected officials have rejected attempts to legalize recreational use of cannabis. Some representatives, however, have introduced bills to either legalize forms of medical cannabis, or lower existing penalties for possession. Some activists pushing for reform have opted to organize for local penalties to be lowered or abolished, rather than expending energy at the state-level. The most recent bill discussed in the legislature related to cannabis involved raising penalties for possession of cannabis extracts made using butane.

Marquette Poll: 61% of Wisconsinites want legal cannabis was originally published by the Wisconsin Examiner.

2 thoughts on “61% Of State Supports Legal Cannabis”

  1. Colin says:

    If only we weren’t super Gerrymandered and had representation that actually correlated to reality.

  2. Ron Hockersmith says:

    Actually in this case Colin even with the gerrymandered districts it would pass. However the president of the Senate has stated he will allow nothing to come up for a vote that doesn’t have 100% support from the GOP caucus. Since there is at least one republican who doesn’t want the additional revenue, it is not permitted to be voted upon. Partisan extreme politics at it’s worst, but this is the current approach by the people in control of the legislature in Madison.

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