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
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%

 

Nevada Initiative (Question 9) -
Removes state-level criminal penalties for medical marijuana use, possession and cultivation.
State Vote 2000, Nov. 65% N/A 35%
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%
Nevada Initiative (Question 9) -
Would allow the use of marijuana for the treatment or alleviation of certain illnesses as recommended by a physician.
State Vote 1998, Nov. 59% N/A 41%
Nevada Poll -
"Do you favor state initiative Question Number 9 – shall the Nevada constitution be amended to allow the possession and use of a plant of the genus Cannabis (marijuana) for the treatment or alleviation of certain illnesses upon advice of a physician, to require parental consent for such use by minors, and to authorize appropriate methods of supply to patients authorized to use it?"


[N=817 Registered Voters. MoE+/-3.5%]
 Mason-Dixon Research 1998, Oct 52% 8 40%
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%
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 January 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 January 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 January 2004 Democratic primary voters from New Hampshire, polled August 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%

 

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 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%
New York (state) Poll -
"Would you support or oppose a law in New York State that would legalize the medical use of marijuana in New York State?"

[N=800 New York residents over age 18. MoE+/-3.5%]
Cornell University Survey Research Institute

July 2010

64%

not an option

36%

New York (state) Poll -
"Should physicians be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to seriously and terminally ill patients?"

[N=700 registered voters. MoE+/-3.8%]
 Zogby International 1999, Apr. 80% not shown not shown
New York (state) Poll -
"Do you support permitting doctors to prescribe marijuana?"


[N=1,400]
 The New Yorker Magazine 1998, Jan. 85% not shown not shown
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%

 

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
Oregon Initiative (Measure 67) -
Removes state-level criminal penalties for medical marijuana use, possession and cultivation
State Vote 1998, Nov. 55% N/A 45%
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%

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%
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%

 

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%
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 October 11-28, 2004; MoE+/-3.3%]

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

6%

19%

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
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%
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 shown not shown
Virginia Poll -
"Should doctors be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical use when it reduces pain from cancer treatment or for other illnesses?"

[N=514 adults. MoE+/-4.4%]
 Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research
1999 77% not shown not shown
Washington (state) Initiative 692 -
Would allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes for "qualifying patients," including those with HIV, cancer, multiple sclerosis and glaucoma.
State Vote 1998, Nov. 59% N/A 41%
Washington, D.C. Initiative 59 -
permits patients to grow and use their own medicinal marijuana if approved by their doctors.
District Vote 1998, Nov. 69% N/A 31%

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
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%
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%
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 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.



65.3%





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%

 

Wyoming Poll -
Do you support adult use of marijuana if prescribed by a physician?

[N=768 Wyoming residents MoE+/-4%]
University of Wyoming Department of Political Science, Wyoming Public Radio, Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center 2014, Dec. 3 72% 3% 25%

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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