A new poll shows that the majority of Americans think cannabis is a healthier option than alcohol.
A new poll shows just how much Americans have stopped fearing weed. The vast majority of those surveyed consider alcohol more harmful than cannabis, showing just how much perceptions around the plant have evolved.
The poll, conducted by market research company SSRS, showed that more than half of respondents (58%) believe cannabis is safer than alcohol. Millennials, Gen Z, Gen X, and Boomers, in that order, believe cannabis is less risky than alcohol.
A deeper look into the results shows some of what previous cannabis polls have demonstrated: the majority of Americans believe in legal medical marijuana (92%), a smaller yet still large percentage believe in recreational marijuana (69%), and Democrats (78%) and Independents (74%) are more likely to support legal marijuana when compared to Republicans (54%).
While polls have a margin of error, the results show a snapshot of the people’s current opinion of marijuana, showing that it’s growing in approval across ages and political parties.
While national policies remain slow to embrace change, with every passing year Americans continue to embrace cannabis. Speaking on the poll’s results, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano released a statement saying, “Voters support legalizing marijuana regardless of political party affiliation,” he said.
“At a time when national politics remain acutely polarized, elected officials ought to come together in a bipartisan manner to repeal the failed policy of cannabis prohibition. It is one of the few policy reforms that voters on the right and on the left can all agree upon.”