Poll: Voters overwhelmingly support medical marijuana

Poll: Voters overwhelmingly support medical marijuana
(FOX19 NOW/file)

FOX19 - U.S. Veterans Administration doctors should be allowed to prescribe marijuana in pill form to veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, American voters overwhelmingly said in a Quinnipiac University National poll released Monday.

Voters in military households, where at least one member is a veteran or on active duty military service, support marijuana for PTSD 82 to 13 percent, the poll concluded.

Support is 79 percent or higher among every party, gender, age or racial group listed.

On a broader question, support was even higher for medical marijuana for adults if legally prescribed by a doctor. American voters support that 89 to 9 percent. Again, support tops 81 percent among every group listed.

The results come after a medical marijuana legalization bill was sent late last month to Ohio Gov. John Kasich in an effort by state lawmakers to offset support for a proposed fall ballot measure.

Kasich has not committed to signing the proposal, which would bar patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home. It would allow its use in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions.

"If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form. That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a prepared statement.

"Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is debilitating and life-threatening. The response from voters should take political considerations out of the debate and allow doctors to do what's best for veterans.

"The fact that a majority of American voters favors legalizing marijuana in general shows how attitudes about the drug have changed."

American voters are more closely divided on marijuana in general, saying 54 to 41 percent that "marijuana should be made legal in the United States," with no other qualifications, the poll found.

There is a gender gap as men support a general legalization of marijuana 60 to 37 percent, while women are divided, with 48 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed.

Republicans are opposed 62 to 36 percent and voters over 65 years old say no 57 to 37 percent.

All other listed groups support legalizing marijuana, with white women tied 47 to 48 percent.

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