In the new poll, just 14 percent say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice should enforce federal prohibition and arrest people who are complying with state marijuana laws.
There is strong majority support for respecting state laws across every political, race, age, education and other demographic.
Americans Say Athletes, Journalists, Gun Owners Should Be Allowed To Consume Cannabis
The poll also found that more Americans support than oppose letting marijuana consumers be professional athletes (46-38 percent), journalists (50-35 percent) and gun owners (48 -37 percent) without punishment.
A number of newspapers drug test journalists before they are allowed to begin bylining stories, and several sports leagues suspend or fine athletes who are found to consume marijuana, even if it is legal under state law. Federal law criminalizes the purchase of firearms by people who use marijuana, regardless of state policy.
Despite the general opposition to these policies, the poll also showed significant uncertainty in response to the questions — double-digit “Not Sure” responses — which may suggest that many Americans aren’t aware that this type of discrimination exists.
Trump Administration Would Face ‘Huge Backlash’
The previous highest level of support for preventing the Trump Administration from interfering in state marijuana laws was 73 percent, in a Quinnipiac poll in April.
Full results and crosstabs are available at http://www.surveyusa.com/
Other Key Findings of the Poll Include:
• All questions show clear majority support for cannabis consumers’ rights among Americans under 50 years of age.
• There is generally majority support for cannabis consumers’ rights among Democrats and independents. Republicans still need some work.
• Republicans were evenly divided on gun rights for marijuana consumers even though they were clearly against protections for athletes and journalists. (Maybe they don’t trust athletes and journalists enough to let them smoke weed?)
• Support for marijuana consumers’ rights was generally higher on all the questions for registered voters compared to all adults.
Note: The first question in the poll about the distinction between medical and recreational cannabis was a suggestion by Survey USA to prompt respondents that they were about to be asked about marijuana issues.
The survey was conducted June 19-20.