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Goucher Poll Finds Numbers Up From 54% in 2016 and 52% in 2015

A Goucher College poll released early Monday morning shows a strong and growing majority of Marylanders think it is time to end cannabis prohibition.

The survey of 776 Maryland residents found 58 percent support making cannabis legal, up from 54 percent in 2016 and 52 percent in 2016. Just 36 percent are opposed, down from 39 percent in 2016 and 44 percent in 2015.

The Goucher Poll surveyed 776 Maryland residents from February 18-21, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

The results come as Maryland lawmakers are considering legislation to regulate and tax cannabis similarly to alcohol.

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Kate Bell, Marijuana Policy Project:
“There is a growing consensus among Marylanders that it is time to end cannabis prohibition”
[Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition]

“There is a growing consensus among Marylanders that it is time to end cannabis prohibition,” said Marijuana Policy Project Legislative Counsel Kate Bell on behalf of the Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition. “Most people do not think adults should be punished simply for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol.

“The prohibition of cannabis is an ineffective, wasteful, and damaging policy that causes far more harm than cannabis ever could itself,” Bell said. “Marylanders see other states adopting more sensible policies and they want their state to do the same.

“The public’s attitude toward cannabis is changing rapidly, and lawmakers are hearing the message louder and clearer than ever before,” Bell said.

The Maryland Cannabis Policy Coalition is a coalition of citizens and organizations committed to ending the failed policy of cannabis prohibition and replacing it with a system in which cannabis is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.MarylandCannabisPolicy.org.

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