Medical Marijuana
Pros and Cons
Video exploring critical thinking and how it leads to great citizen involvement

Note: Poll/survey responses that "strongly support" and "somewhat support" medical marijuana are combined as "Pro to medical marijuana"; responses that "strongly oppose" and "somewhat oppose" are combined as "Con to medical marijuana".

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
Florida Poll -
Amendment 2: "Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients' medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana."

Total number of votes (as of Nov. 5 at 10 am PT): 5,831,151

This measure failed because it required a 60% yes vote to pass.
General election 2014, Nov. 4 57.58% N/A 42.42%
Florida Poll -
Will you vote yes on Amendment 2, which allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician?

[N=920 registered voters in Florida. MoE+/-3.4%]
Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research, Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 2014, Sep. 4 57% N/A 23%
Florida Poll -
"Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?"

[N=1,413 registered voters in Florida. MoE+/-2.6%]
Quinnipiac University 2014, May 5 88% 2% 10%
Florida Poll -
"Do you support or oppose allowing adults in Florida to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it?"

[N=1,646 registered voters in Florida. MoE+/-2.4%]
Quinnipiac University 2013, Nov. 21 82% 3% 16%
International Poll -
"Do you believe that the overall medicinal benefits of marijuana outweigh the risks and potential harms?
Option 1: Recommend the Medicinal Use of Marijuana
Option 2: Recommend against the Medicinal Use of Marijuana"

[N=1,446 physicians worldwide, polled on the New England Journal of Medicine website]
New England Journal of Medicine 2013, May 30 76% 0% 24%
New Hampshire Poll -
"Do you support or oppose allowing doctors in New Hampshire to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses?"

[N=578 randomly selected NH adults. MoE+/-4.1%]
WMUR Granite State Poll and University of New Hampshire Survey Center 2013, Feb. 12 79% 6% 14%
California Poll -
"Regardless of how you feel towards marijuana in general, do you favor or oppose allowing patients with terminal or debilitating conditions to possess and consume marijuana if their doctors recommend it?"

[N=1,002 registered California voters, polled in a random telephone survey. MoE+/-3.5%]

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times 2012, May 17-21 80% 3% 17%
National Poll -
"Should doctors be allowed to prescribe marijuana for serious illnesses?"

[N=1,033 adults nationwide, polled in a random telephone survey. MoE+/-3%]

CBS News 2011, Oct. 28-31 77% 6% 17%
National Poll -
"Favor legalization for medical use?"

[N=1,458 adults (over 18), polled in a random telephone survey. MoE+/-2.5%]
Hawkeye Poll Cooperative at the University of Iowa 2010, Nov. 3-11 65% 8% 27%
Arizona Initiative (Proposition 203) -
Would allow qualifying patients to use medical marijuana. It would also establish a registry identification program and set rules for nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries.
State Vote 2010, Nov. 2 50.13% N/A 49.87%
South Dakota Initiative (Measure 13) -
"An Initiated Measure to authorize the possession, use and cultivation of marijuana by and for persons with specified debilitating medical conditions registered with the Department of health."
State Vote 2010, Nov. 2 36.69% N/A 63.31%
National Poll -
"Would you favor or oppose making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering?"

[N=1,025 adults, aged 18+, living in the continental US, selected using random-digit dial sampling. MoE+/-4%.]

Gallup Organization Oct. 7-10, 2010 70% 27% 3%
Iowa Poll -
"Do you favor or oppose the legalization of medical marijuana in Iowa?"

[N=unknown
]

KCCI News Channel 8

2010, June 3

62%

5%

33%

National Poll -
"Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes?"

[N=1,001 adults, polled in a random telephone survey. MoE+/-4.3%]

Associated Press / CNBC 2010, Apr. 7-12 60% 12% 28%
Iowa Poll -
"Do you favor or oppose allowing medical marijuana in Iowa?"

[N=805]
Des Moines Register 2010, Feb. 16 64% 3% 33%
National Poll -
"Do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?"

[N=1,083 adults, polled in a random telephone survey. MoE+/-3.5%]

ABC News / Washington Post 2010, Jan. 15 81% 1% 18%
Michigan Initiative (Proposal 1) -
A legislative initiative to permit the use and cultivation of marijuana for specified medical conditions.
State Vote 2008, Nov. 4
63% N/A 37%
South Dakota Initiative (Measure 4) -
Removes state-level criminal penalties for medical marijuana use, possession and cultivation
State vote 2006, Nov. 7 48% N/A 52%
Wisconsin Poll -
Under Wisconsin law, the use of marijuana is illegal, including for medical purposes. Currently in the Wisconsin legislature, there is a bill pending that would allow people with cancer, multiple sclerosis, or other serious illnesses to use marijuana for medical purposes, as long as their physician approves. Do you support or oppose this bill?"

[N=600 randomly selected Wisconsin residents, in a telephone interview from June 11-22, 2005. MoE+/- 3.97%]

Chamberlain Research Consultants for Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) 2005, July
75.7%


18.2%

6.2%
MPP National Poll -
A. "Should the federal government prosecute medical marijuana patients now that it has been given the okay to do so by the U.S. Supreme Court?"

B. "Do you think adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor recommends it, or do you think that marijuana should remain illegal even for medical purposes?"

[N=732 registered voters nationwide, in a random sample interviewed by telephone on June 8-11, 2005. MoE+/-3.7%]
Mason-Dixon Polling 2005, June
68%

65%


16%

15%



16%

20%


Montana Initiative (Initiative 148) -
A legislative initiative to permit the use and cultivation of marijuana for specified medical conditions.
State Vote 2004, Nov. 2
62% N/A 38%
AARP National Poll -
"Should adults be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if a physician recommends it?"

[N=1,706 adults, age 45 and older, polled in a random telephone survey conducted Nov. 10-21, 2004. MoE+/-2.5%]

ICR Poll 2004, Nov.
72%


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Texas Poll -
"Would you favor or oppose a bill in the Texas Legislature that would allow people with cancer and other serious illnesses to use their own marijuana for medical purposes, as long as their physician approves?"

[N=900 adults, polled in a random telephone survey conducted Oct. 11-28, 2004. MoE+/-3.3%]

Poll by Scripps Research Center in Abilene, for Texans For Medical Marijuana 2004, Oct.
75%

6%

19%
California Poll -
A. "Do you favor or oppose implementation of Proposition 215, to allow for the medical use of marijuana in California?"

B. Response by Democrats

C. Response by Republicans

D. Response by Non-partisans/others

[N=500 registered voters, a telephone survey conducted Jan. 5-13, 2004 in English and Spanish, among a random sample. MoE+/-4.5%]

Field Poll 2004, Jan.

74%

83%

63%

73%



2%

1%

4%

0%



24%

16%

33%

27%

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
New Hampshire Poll -
A. "Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree that federal law should be changed so that people with cancer, AIDS, and other serious illnesses can use medical marijuana legally with the approval of their physician?"

B. "In thinking about the New Hampshire presidential primary, would you be much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to vote for a presidential candidate who takes a position in favor of the medical use of marijuana, or would it make no difference?"

C. "Last year, Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean blocked a medical marijuana bill from becoming law when he was governor of Vermont. The bill would have protected seriously ill patients from arrest if they are using medical marijuana with the approval of their doctors. Knowing this about Howard Dean, are you much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to vote for him in the Jan. primary election, or would it make no difference?"

D. "Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry says he supports the medical use of marijuana. Knowing this about John Kerry, are you much more likely, somewhat more likely, somewhat less likely, or much less likely to vote for him in the Jan. primary election, or would it make no difference?"

E. "Howard Dean says there's no proof that medical marijuana is effective medicine. But supporters of medical marijuana say it is effective medicine and we shouldn't be arresting people for the simple act of taking their medicine. Who do you agree with most -- Howard Dean or supports of the medical use of marijuana?"

[N=501 likely Jan. 2004 Democratic primary voters from New Hampshire, polled Aug. 23 to 26, 2003. MoE+/-4.5%]
Zogby International 2003, Aug.

84%




34%




10%








31%



74%



2%




62%




63%








62%



11%



14%




5%




28%








7%



15%

National Poll -
"Do you think adults should be allowed to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it or do you think that marijuana should remain illegal even for medical purposes?"

[N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE±3.1%]
Harris Interactive for Time Magazine 2002, Oct. 80% 3% 17%
Arizona Poll -
"Proposition 203 would change the punishment for possession of small amounts of marijuana from possible jail time to civil fines, create a medical marijuana registry card system authorizing medicinal use of marijuana for certain medical conditions and increase the maximum sentences for violent crimes while on drugs. Are you likely to vote in favor or against this proposition?"

[N=569. MoE+/-4.2%]
Social Research Laboratory
2002, Sep. 53% 15% 33%
Connecticut Poll -
"Do you favor changing the law to allow people with cancer, AIDS, and other serious illnesses to use and grow their own marijuana for medical purposes, if they have approval of their physician?"

[N=1,059. MoE+/-4%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Mar. 73% 3.3% 23.7%
Alaska Poll -
A. "It is legal in your state for seriously ill patients to use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physician. What is your level of support for this law?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.

74.3%




71.4%




70.8%



63.6%



65.5%



3.1%




7.9%




2.1%



8.7%



3.8%



22.6%




20.7%




26.0%



27.7%



30.7%

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
Arizona Poll -
A. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would remove the threat of arrest and all other penalties for seriously ill patients who use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.


72.3%



71.3%




68.2%




62.4%



64.5%




4.6%



7.6%




3.3%




7.6%



4.5%




23.1%



21.1%




28.5%




30.0%



31.0%

Colorado Poll -
A. "It is legal in your state for seriously ill patients to use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physician. What is your level of support for this law?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.

76.9%




73.2%



72.7%




63.6%



64.4%



2.3%




8.0%



2.5%




8.3%



5.4%



20.8%




18.8%



24.8%




28.2%



30.2%

Montana Poll -
A. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would remove the threat of arrest and all other penalties for seriously ill patients who use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.


65.6%




66.1%



64.6%




57.8%



59.0%




4.0%




9.5%



4.7%




8.2%



6.5%




30.3%




24.4%



30.7%




34.0%



34.5%

Nebraska Poll -
A. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would remove the threat of arrest and all other penalties for seriously ill patients who use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.


63.6%



60.1%





58.3%



51.4%



55.9%




3.9%



11.7%





6.1%



10.7%



6.1%




32.5%



28.1%





35.6%



37.9%



38.0%

Nevada Poll -
A. "It is legal in your state for seriously ill patients to use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physician. What is your level of support for this law?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.

78.6%




77.4%




74.2%



67.9%



73.4%



3.1%




6.3%




2.7%



7.0%



3.6%



18.2%




16.3%




23.1%



25.1%



23.0%

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
North Dakota Poll -
A. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would remove the threat of arrest and all other penalties for seriously ill patients who use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.


63.3%




63.2%




59.7%



53.3%



57.5%




7.2%




10.6%




5.2%



9.8%



6.6%




29.5%




26.2%




35.1%



36.9%



36.0%

Oregon Poll -
A. "It is legal in your state for seriously ill patients to use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physician. What is your level of support for this law?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.

76.5%



72.5%




69.1%




62.8%



64.4%



2.5%



7.0%




4.0%




8.3%



5.2%



21.0%



20.5%




26.9%




28.9%



30.3%

South Dakota Poll -
A. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would remove the threat of arrest and all other penalties for seriously ill patients who use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

[N=Between 1,004 and 1,464 adults in state. MoE+/-2.6% to 3.1%]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.


63.6%




60.5%




59.1%



53.3%



55.4%




5.8%




11.9%




7.0%



10.2%



7.7%




30.6%




27.6%




34.0%



36.4%



36.9%

Vermont Poll -
"Do you support changing the law to allow people with cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses to use and grow their own marijuana for medical purposes, if they have approval of their physicians?"

[N=1,011 Voters]
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb. 75.5% 2.5% 22.0%
Wisconsin Poll -
"Do you support the Wisconsin state legislature passing a law to allow seriously ill or terminally ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes if supported by their physician?"

[N=600. MoE+/-4%]
Chamberlain Research 2002, Feb. 80.3% 3.7% 16.0%

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
Wyoming Poll -
A. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would remove the threat of arrest and all other penalties for seriously ill patients who use and grow their own medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

B. "If your own state legislators or members of Congress vote for a bill to allow seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana with the approval of their physicians, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for these elected officials in the Nov. general election?"

C. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot in your state that would make it legal for medical clinics or non-profit organizations to buy medical marijuana from farmers and sell it to seriously ill patients. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"

D. "Suppose an initiative on the Nov. ballot would make medical marijuana distribution and sales legal under your state's law, while it would remain illegal under federal law. What is your level of support for such a ballot measure?"

E. "Suppose an initiative is placed on the Nov. ballot that would require your state government to grow and distribute marijuana to seriously ill patients who have the approval of their physicians. What is your level of support for this ballot measure?"
Lucas Organization and Arlington Research Group 2002, Feb.


65.3%




64.7%




61.9%



55.1%



56.0%




3.7%




7.1%




2.9%



7.3%



5.1%




31.0%




28.2%




35.2%



37.6%



38.9%

National Poll -
"Should the use of medical marijuana be allowed?"
Center for Substance Abuse Research, Univ. of Maryland 2002, Jan. 70% not stated not stated
Maryland Poll -
"Are you more likely or less likely to support a candidate who backs allowing patients to use medical marijuana?"
Gonzales/Arscott Research 2002, Jan. 37% 45% 18%
National Poll -
"Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the use of federal law enforcement agencies to close patient cooperatives in California and other states where medical marijuana is legal under state law?"

[N=1,024 likely votes nationwide. MoE+/-3.2%]
Zogby International for NORML 2001, Dec. 67% 6% 27%
Arkansas Poll -
"Do you support legalizing marijuana for medical use under a doctor's supervision?"

[N=787 Arkansas Residents]
University of Arkansas Survey Research Center 2001, Oct. 63% 5% 32%

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
Virginia Poll -
"Do you agree that doctors should be legally allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical use when it reduces pain from cancer treatment or for other illnesses?"

[N=686 Virginians. MoE+/-3%]
Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research 2001, June 75% not stated not stated
Maryland Poll -
”Do you believe that doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana to AIDS and cancer patients, or should possession of marijuana remain a criminal offense in all cases?”

[N=836 Registered Voters. MoE+/-3.5%]
Gonzales/Arscott Research 2001, May 66% 6% 28%
National Poll (Physicians) -
"Should doctors be able to legally prescribe marijuana as medical therapy?"

[N=960 physicians nationwide]
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital for presentation to American Society of Addiction Medicine 2001, Apr. 36% 26% 38%
National Poll -
"Regardless of what you think about the personal non-medical use of marijuana, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?"

[N=1,513 adults nationwide. MoE+/-3%]
Pew Research Center 2001, Mar. 73% 6% 21%
New Mexico Poll -
"Do you strongly support or somewhat support the use of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients?"

[N=504 Registered Voters. MoE+/-4.4%]
Research Polling, Inc. 2001, Mar. 77% 7% 16%

Description of Voting or Polling Question Vote or Poll by Date Results
N = Number of individuals polled; MoE+/- = Estimated margin of error;
Not available for all polls
Pro to Med. MJ Neutral or Don't Know Con to Med. MJ
Minnesota Poll -
”Please tell me if you favor or oppose legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.”

[N=600 Adults. MoE+/-4%]
Lazarus Strategic Services 2001, Jan. 59% 7% 34%
South Dakota poll -
"If a seriously ill patient has a doctor's approval to use marijuana for medical purposes, do you think that patient should be arrested and sent to prison for using marijuana on his or her doctor's advice?"
[A "no" vote is reflected here as "Pro" to Med. MJ.]

[N=505 registered voters]
Creative Broadcast Systems, Inc. 2001, Jan. 95.2% 0.1% 4.7%
South Dakota Poll -
"Would you favor a change in South Dakota law so that seriously ill people -- with a doctor's approval -- can use medical marijuana legally without fearing the possibility of being arrested?"

[N=505 registered voters]
Creative Broadcast Systems, Inc. 2001, Jan. 81.2% 0.0% 18.8%
Nevada Initiative (Question 9) -
removes state-level criminal penalties for medical marijuana use, possession and cultivation.
State Vote 2000, Nov. 65% N/A 35%
Colorado Initiative (Amendment 20) -
removed state-level criminal penalties for medical marijuana use, possession and cultivation.
State Vote 2000, Nov. 54% N/A 46%
Colorado Poll -
"Do you support legalizing marijuana for medical use under a doctor's supervision?"
Denver Post, 9 News, KOA Radio 2000, Oct. 67% 5% 28%
Colorado Poll -
"Do you support legalizing marijuana for medical use under a doctor's supervision?"
Denver Rocky Mountain News, News 4 2000, Sep. 71% not stated not stated
Nevada Poll -
"Do you support legalizing marijuana for medical use under a doctor's supervision?"

[N=627 Registered Voters. MoE+/-3.6%]
Mason-Dixon Research Poll 2000, Sep. 63% 9% 28%
Hawaii Poll -
"Should the state legislature pass a law in Hawaii to allow seriously or terminally ill patients to use marijuana for medical purposes, if supported by their medical doctor?"

[N=703 registered voters. MoE+/-3.7%]
QMark Research & Polling on behalf of The Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii. 2000, Feb. 77% 2% 21%
Maryland Poll -
"Should physicians be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical use?"

[N=933. MoE+/-3%]
Center for Substance Abuse Research at Univ. of Maryland 2000, Jan. 73% 3% 24%

Please send us information on any polls, surveys or voting we missed, any numbers missing and of course any you think we have wrong.

Thanks to Marijuana Policy Project, Americans For Medical Rights, The Ohio Patient Network and The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) for the research and statistics they sent us for inclusion in this work.

 

 

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