By Steve Elliott
Most Americans continue to support the legalization of medical marijuana, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. A majority think the federal government should stop prosecuting patients and providers in states which have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes.
According to the poll, 60 percent of Americans say they favor allowing doctors to authorize medical marijuana for their patients, while only 26 percent are opposed, reports Emily Swanson at The Huffington Post.
Democrats were most likely to support medical marijuana, followed by independents. Democrats favored medicinal cannabis by a 69 percent to 21 percent margin; independents favored it by a 61 percent to 24 percent margin.
But even among traditionally conservative Republicans, more respondents supported than opposed medical marijuana, at 46 percent to 38 percent.
Majorities of every age group in the poll supported the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Most respondents (57 percent vs. 25 percent) said the federal government should not arrest patients and dispensary operators in states that allow medical marijuana.
Majorities of Democrats (61 percent to 22 percent) and independents (60 percent to 20 percent) agreed, but Republicans were more evenly divided, with 43 percent saying the federal government should back off, and 37 percent saying it should continue arresting medical marijuana patients and providers.