Even in overwhelmingly Republican-leaning states like Kentucky, the vast majority of voters support allowing medical marijuana.
According to a new SurveyUSA poll for the Courier-Journal, 60 percent of voters would support legalizing marijuana for prescribed medical use. Only 31 percent of voters in the state oppose medical marijuana. While support is strongest among young voters, even a plurality of senior citizens would support the state adopting medical marijuana.
When it comes to allowing Kentucky farmers to again grow industrial hemp, opinion is even more one-sided. The poll found 65 percent think hemp should be permitted to be grown in Kentucky, with only 22 percent opposed. Hopefully this poll well help the effort by Kentucky’s two senators, Rand Paul (R) and Mitch McConnell (R), to legalize hemp production.
SurveyUSA also asked about legalizing marijuana for recreational use. While a plurality of voters in the state remain opposed to that change, the numbers were surprisingly close for such a conservative state. It found 39 percent would support the full legalization of marijuana, while 49 percent would currently oppose the change. By comparison, President Obama got just under 38 percent of the vote in Kentucky last year. It appears Colorado isn’t the only state where marijuana legalization is more popular than the President.
Not surprisingly a majority of voters under the age of 35 back legalization, while seniors citizens overwhelmingly oppose it. Support for legalization in Kentucky should naturally grow in the coming years due to the natural turnover in the demographics.
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