Large Percentage of Maryland Residents Support Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Written by on 18 March, 2021

More and more people are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana in some U.S. states, and Maryland residents are no exception.

A survey conducted by Goucher College, released a few days ago, revealed that two-thirds of Maryland adults support legalizing the use of cannabis for recreational purposes.

To conduct this survey, 725 Maryland adults were consulted, when asked if they supported “legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Maryland,” two-thirds (67%) responded that they supported or strongly supported the idea (27% and 40%, respectively). Only 28% said they opposed legalizing the plant for recreational purposes, and 17% strongly opposed the proposed change.

The percentage of support for marijuana in this poll is the highest number since the Goucher Poll began measuring opinions on the issue in 2013, at which time 51% favored and 41% opposed legalization. In addition, as of about two years ago, 57% of Maryland residents supported legalization and 37% opposed it.

“This number will continue to grow,” said Mileah Kromer, director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Policy Center. “Younger Maryland residents and younger Americans are overwhelmingly supportive. As these people age and represent larger proportions of the overall population, support for legalized cannabis will continue to grow,” she said.

State lawmakers are currently considering bills that would legalize cannabis for adults and eliminate prior convictions for some marijuana-related offenses.




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