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
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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%


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%

not stated

not stated
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%
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
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%
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%

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
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%
National Poll -
"Are you opposed to federal sanctions against doctors who prescribe marijuana?"

[N=708 Heads of Household. MoE+/-3.7%]
Behavioral Research Center 1999, May 66% 7% 27%
National Poll -
"Would you vote for making marijuana legally available for doctors to prescribe in order to reduce pain and suffering?"

[N=1,018 adults nationwide. MoE+/-5%]
Gallup Organization 1999, Mar. 73% 2% 25%
National Poll -
"Should marijuana be a prescription drug?"
Gallup Organization 1999, Mar. 73% not stated not stated
National Poll -
"Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana?"
Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998, Mar. 60% not stated not stated

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
National Poll -
"Do you favor legalizing marijuana strictly for medical use?"
Luntz Research Companies 1997, Sept. 62% not stated not stated
National Poll -
Survey on legalizing marijuana strictly for medical use.
The Luntz Research Companies for Merrill Lynchand Wired magazine. 1997, Sept. 62% not stated not stated
National poll -
"Doctors should be allowed to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering serious illnesses?
CBS News/The New York Times, 6/15/97 1997, June Ind: 65%

Dem: 64%

Rep: 57%

not stated not stated
National Poll -
"Do you think that people who find that marijuana is effective for their medical condition should be able to use it legally?"

[N=1,200 Registered Voters. MoE+/-2.8%]
Family Research Council. 1997, June 74% not stated not stated
National Poll -
"Do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?"

[N=517 adults. MoE+/-4.5%]
Chilton Research for ABC News 1997, May 70% 3% 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
National poll -
"Do you favor allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes for seriously ill or terminal patients?"

[N=1,002 Registered Voters]
Lake, Snell, Perry & Assoc. Research on behalf of The Lindesmith Center 1997, Feb. 60% 10% 30%
National poll -
"The federal government should not penalize physicians who prescribe marijuana, regardless of whether state laws permit it."
Lake, Snell, Perry & Assoc. Research on behalf of The Lindesmith Center 1997, Feb. 68% not stated not stated
National poll -
"People who find that marijuana is effective for their medical condition should be able to use it legally."

[N=1,000 registered voters. MoE+/-2.8%]
Commissioned by The Family Research Council 1997 74% not stated not stated
National Poll -
”Do you agree or disagree that People who find that marijuana is effective for their medical needs like treating glaucoma and relieving nausea from chemotherapy, should be able to use it legally?”
Belden Russonello & Stewart for The ACLU 1996, Dec. 83% 6% 11%
National Poll -
"Do you favor making marijuana legally available for medical uses where it has been proven effective for treating a problem?"
ACLU Topline Poll 1995, Nov. 85% not stated not stated
National Poll -
"Would it be a good idea to legalize marijuana to relieve pain and for other medical uses if prescribed by a doctor?"
Belden & Russonello on behalf of The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 1995 79% not stated not state

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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