According to a recent study by YouGov, most Americans consider cannabis legalizations a success.
YouGov surveyed more than 27,000 adults in the United States to ask them whether they “think regulation has been a success or a failure” in US states where cannabis has been legalized for recreational use.
55% of respondents to the survey, published on Monday 20 April for the 420, said that regulated cannabis markets are either a complete success or more of a success than a failure. 13% said they were more of a failure than a success, and only 6% said they were a complete failure.
Interestingly, while only 11 states currently allow sales of cannabis for adult use, there was no significant variation in responses among people in different geographical areas.
On the other hand, disparities exist depending on the political positions of the respondents. Democrats are most likely to say that legalization has been successful or partially successful (67%), followed by independents (54%) and Republicans (41%).
As more and more American states choose to legalize cannabis, public opinion is supporting regulation at the same pace. Gallup published a poll in 2018 which showed that 64% of Americans now support a change in policy.
Support for the legalization of medical cannabis is even higher. YouGov published a poll last month showing that a majority of Americans agreed that clinics should be considered essential services and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.