Many Americans have revealed in a new poll that they have no problem electing an individual who uses marijuana. According to the survey conducted by YouGov, 58% of the interviewees indicated that they would elect someone who takes marijuana in their free time. However, 21% wouldn’t cast that vote.
The data used in the survey was collected from 4,096 individuals based in the United States. This survey comes at about the same time that Senate candidate Gary Chambers (D) released a campaign ad in which he was smoking cannabis. During the now-viral video, Chambers discusses the racial discrimination that comes with the prohibition.
Results from the poll also revealed that the majority of Democrats would be fine with voting in a casual user, with 68% of this group saying that they would be willing to vote in such a person while 15% wouldn’t. Meanwhile 47% of Republicans said they would vote for a candidate who uses marijuana as long as the candidate aligns with their other views.
In a survey conducted by Gallup in 2020, findings revealed that there was an increasing acceptance of candidates who use cannabis. The interviewers found that the consumption of cannabis was more morally acceptable than gay relations, animal testing, a woman’s right to choose whether to abort or not, and the removal of the death penalty.
With increasing legislation of marijuana rolling across the country, there has been rising support from people running for different offices. Incidents of candidates as well as sitting politicians publicly consuming marijuana and sharing its benefits have increased.
Chambers’ campaign video might have hit the mainstream, but this is not the first time a political candidate has done this. In 2020 while running for office in Illinois, Anthony Clark shared his experience using marijuana and even smoked a joint during an ad for his campaign. He hosted a weed party and called for legal reforms. In 2019, House Representative James Comer displayed the CBD oil products that he used in front of a committee hearing. A similar occurrence was seen when State Governor Jay Inslee mentioned that he legally grows marijuana while referring to the Washington State’s laws on cultivation.
It does not come as a surprise, therefore, that public perception on marijuana supports its legality. A recent survey funded by Smart Approaches to Marijuana revealed that as many as 68% of Americans would want cannabis to be legal and regulated for recreational and medical purposes.
As much as the majority supports ending prohibition, it is notable that President Joseph Biden has not made any reforms since beginning his presidency. In a separate YouGov survey, the majority of Americans believe that he will not fulfill his campaign promise of cannabis decriminalization.
The growing support for marijuana legalization has thus far not translated into meaningful legal reforms at the federal level, and this must be frustrating to industry players such as Red White & Bloom Brands (CSE: RWB) (OTCQX: RWBYF) that have to navigate a complex legal maze just to operate in jurisdictions which have created enabling laws.
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