Even though efforts to legalize marijuana recently died in the New Hampshire state legislature, support for it continues to grow among the people in the state. A new WMUR Granite State Poll found found 55 percent of adults in the state support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use. Only 38 percent of adults oppose legalization. From the poll:
The speed at which support has grown in a relatively short time is remarkable. Back in February of 2013 the same poll found support for legalization at just 48 percent in New Hampshire. That means support has grown at a rate of almost half a percentage point a month for the past year.
It would appear there was a very sharp uptick since the beginning of this year, which is also when the first recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado. It is possible that because things seem to be going smoothly in Colorado Americans are rethinking their position. Of course we are going to need a lot more polling across the country to see if there is a correlation.
The poll also shows even greater support for decriminalization. Among adults, 61 percent would back making marijuana possession similar to a traffic violation while 24 percent oppose that change. The New Hampshire House overwhelmingly approved a decriminalization bill, HB 1625, in March but it is still trapped in the Senate.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy