November’s midterm elections are just around the corner and a new poll offers some timely advice for candidates running for the House or Senate – support medical marijuana as part of your platform in 2018.
On Monday, Politico’s Kevin Robillard reported that a new survey found 77 percent of likely 2018 voters had a favorable opinion of medical marijuana. The survey revealed the topic of legalizing medical marijuana enjoys compelling bipartisan support.
Conducted by Fabrizio, Lee and Associates, the nationwide survey found only 15 percent of likely voters had a hostile opinion of medicinal cannabis. Conversely, 74 percent of polled constituents in key Senate states and 76 percent in competitive House districts support reforming their state’s medical marijuana law. Those positive results include “68 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of independents and 84 percent of Democrats,” according to Robillard.
In traditionally red states like Utah, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Missouri and Idaho, constituents are working diligently to get ballot initiatives to legalize some form of medical marijuana placed on their state’s 2018 ballot.
— Utah Patients (@utahpatients) February 15, 2018
Medical marijuana could be on the 2018 ballot in South Dakota. 15,000 signatures were submitted along with the petition for medical marijuana. Narrowly exceeding the requirement of 14,000 valid signatures. The signatures are now being verified. https://t.co/u8bA5MHRro pic.twitter.com/Y2f6bkM6rs
— 3C Consulting (@3ccannabis) November 27, 2017
— Oklahoma Newswire (@OKnewswire) March 20, 2018
New Approach Missouri is closing in on collecting the signatures needed to get its petition to legalize medical marijuana on the November ballot, and only a few weeks remain to do so. https://t.co/idgKDPY0S2 pic.twitter.com/A94Gwfc9iQ
— Cassville Democrat (@CassvilleDemo) March 14, 2018
I’m starting to understand why Idaho never succeeds on getting enough signatures on the petition to get a vote on medical marijuana. I cant find it anywhere! we need to come together as a state and make our voices heard. @BRBrocksome will you Please post a link to the petition?
— Casey Sims (@LivinParalyzed) February 17, 2018
In Georgia, as Lieut. Gov. Casey Cagle continues to resist expanding the state’s medical marijuana program to include PTSD and intractable pain, Rep. David Clark (R-98 District) has stepped up and voiced his support of medical marijuana.
— David Clark (@RepDavidTClark) March 20, 2018
The new poll’s results parallel other surveys that found 83 percent of polled Americans agree that physicians should be allowed to recommend medical marijuana for qualifying patients.