Poll: 60% of Americans favor doctors prescribing medical marijuana

In Advocacy, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A recently released poll reveals 60 percent of Americans  say they favor allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for their patients, while only 26 percent are opposed.

The Huffington Post/YouGov poll also asked respondents about  marijuana use legalized in18 states for medical purposes. More than half of respondents said they think the federal government should “exempt patients and dispensaries who follow state law from enforcement.” A quarter of Americans say the Feds should “enforce its drug laws the same way it does in other states.”

The HuffPo report found Democrats and independents in the survey were most likely to support legalizing medical marijuana, by a 69 percent to 21 percent margin for Democrats and a 61 percent to 24 percent margin for independents.

The poll was conducted May 31-June 1 among 1,000 adults using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

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