New Poll Shows Those Living In Cannabis-Legal States Consider The Law Successful

The majority of those polled think that legalization has been a success.
New Poll Shows Those Living In Cannabis-Legal States Consider The Law Successful

For residents in states that have legalized marijuana, the grass is indeed greener on their side.

That’s the takeaway from new polling data released earlier this month. The survey, from pollster YouGov, found that in “many states where recreational cannabis is legal, a plurality of citizens believes these laws have been more of a success than a failure overall.” 

YouGov polled a grand total of 32,000 American adults, and within that poll, the researchers grabbed feedback from 686 people surveyed from Washington, 495 from Oregon, 409 in Nevada, 2949 in California, 633 in Colorado, 844 in Michigan, 1210 in Illinois, 546 in Massachusetts and 133 in Maine. 

“That is a particularly strong belief in Colorado, where citizens were among the first-in-the-nation to vote in favor of recreational weed in 2012,” wrote Linley Sanders, a data journalist for YouGov. “Today, about a quarter (26%) of Coloradans say the state-level recreational cannabis laws have been a “success only” and another 45 percent say they have been “more of a success than a failure.” Fewer than one in five (17%) believe the laws have been ‘more of a failure.’”

Sanders continued: “About two-thirds of those in Oregon (69%) and Massachusetts (67%) believe that the laws have been more of a success. That remains the majority opinion among those who live in Washington (65%), Nevada (64%), California (59%), Illinois (59%), and Michigan (56%).” 

Spreading Legalization

Ever since voters in Colorado and Washington passed ballot measures in 2012 legalizing recreational pot use among adults, prohibition has fallen in a number of other states and cities. And more than 30 states have laws legalizing medicinal cannabis. 

NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano hailed YouGov’s polling results, saying that it confirms the success of marijuana reform in those states.

“This polling data reaffirms that most voters do not experience ‘buyer’s remorse’ following marijuana legalization,” Armentano said. “In the minds of most Americans, adult-use marijuana regulations are operating as voters intended and in a way that is consistent with their expectations.”

  1. Well, for some reason in society so what is forbidden is interesting. Therefore, it is better to legalize some acceptable rule. So people can choose what they need. In addition, the use of CBD products is now more widely

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  2. I don’t believe this poll or article at all. By way of THE LAW, the imposed taxes are insane. The cost of products through dispensaries, including the states mentioned, are way the hell over priced. The gouge-your-eyes-out prices just for flower even, has shoved a huge majority of the Cannabis market even further underground and back into the warm arms of the black market.

    I know WAY more people who have since been turned off by the suffocating control, blinding taxation, over regulation, and sky-high prices, who have completely given up on the “Legal Market” mode and model all together.

    I now live in Ohio and the running joke since legalization here is; “Been back to a dispensary more than once or twice to support more of that crap?” I didn’t think so.

  3. Yes, I do agree with this article! Indeed, people who lives in a state where cannabis has been legalized can be consider as a law successful. We all know that cannabis can really help us, especially in medical fields, that can help cure and treat anxiety and ailments.

  4. Maybe a success for those who can afford cocaine like prices. $15-20/gram gasp! So expensive at any quantity that some knobs in Ohio had to artificially make up a new and insulting increment called The Ohio Tenth. WTF? Fooling no one. Still works out to $50-60 an eighth, $100-120 a quarter. Who do they think they are kidding? Surely not their ex-customers. Greed has succeeded if anyone.

    1. We’ve had rec sales in Colorado for almost 6 1/2 years. The ~23% tax in my town is pretty bad, but this morning I bought and ounce for $79. Non top-tier flower was $69. I can mix and match eight different strains to try a variety. I can go to morning happy (8-9am) and get 20% off my whole order. It is guaranteed grown with no pesticides and I don’t have to look over my shoulder for anyone. Would you really want to go back to the bad old days? Colorado was more expensive at the start, so it’s going to take some time for your state market to settle down, but it will. As long as you can keep the feds out of it.

      1. Reading from the comments, it’s more like states need to begin focus on local community cannabis grow facilities instead of relying on deliveries from different states or being on the other side of the state. Just on the cost of shipped deliveries is enough to drive down the price because you are no longer factoring in cost of maintenance & fuel so often.

  5. As a canadian, I believe that the marijuana legalization has been successful as well. Is it cheaper? No. Is it better weed? Kinda. Is it more easily accessible for adult over 21+, yes!

  6. Succeeded? Far from it. In essence, states have only succeeded in putting literally millions of people who were previously in the growing and supply chain industry – in every legal state – out of work, and even on welfare, by corporatizing an otherwise specialty boutique industry, all the while dropping the quality, potency and variety available, dramatically. California, Colorado and Michigan as prime examples.

    Crushing individuals, while “legalizing” and supporting corporations is a success? I watched this all begin to happen in CA 20 years ago … and hoped I’d be wrong. I was so afraid the “legal Cannabis industry” was going to go down this road of corrupt corporatized conglomerate capitalism. And it did.

    Go back to your USA-based local growers and neighborhood suppliers. Half the price, much better quality, more variety, less chemicals, all the while supporting real families – not cartels and companies.

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