Survey: Majority of U.S. parents support medical marijuana legalization

In Advocacy, Children, Top Stories by David Silverberg

A new survey recently revealed that a majority of American parents support medical marijuana legalization. Parents overwhelmingly believe that, like alcohol, marijuana should only be legal for adults over the age of 21.

The online survey, conducted by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, a hardline critic of drug use, found “that despite shifting attitudes in support of marijuana legalization, the risks of marijuana – especially to young people – is a relevant topic that is of concern to parents and caregivers,” a press release states.

“The data bring to life the fact that parents – including the large number who favor legalization – have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens,” said Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

The survey found 70 percent of parents supported legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Around 52 percent of respondents supported decrimanlizing marijuana in general.

Mothers were more supportive of medical cannabis than dads, with 72 percent of female parents throwing their weight behind medical marijuana compared to 67 percent of fathers.

Another stat looked at how children would get info on marijuana. More than 60 percent of Colorado and Washington State parents consider “doctors and medical professionals the best sources of advice for providing parents with information about marijuana prevention for their children.”

The survey results weren’t all shiny news for marijuana advocates. In Colorado, 85 percent of parents agreed that marijuana can have “strong negative consequences on the still-developing brains of teenagers, and 85 percent agree that marijuana use at a young age can hurt performance in school and impact a young person’s future,” the survey revealed.

How was the survey carried out? The Partnership at Drugfree.org collaborated with Batten & Company, a subsidiary of advertising agency BBDO Worldwide, which enlisted independent researcher, Whitman Insight Strategies to field the online survey of 1,603 adults in early March of 2013.

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