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Research: Most Religious Americans Support Broad Cannabis Legalization

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A Pew Research Center survey conducted April 5-11, 2021 among 5109 randomly sampled U.S. adults who were all members of Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel – a group of over 10,000 adults randomly selected from throughout all 50 states who regularly participate in Pew’s surveys – found that most religiously affiliated Americans favor broad cannabis legalization.

Compared with other religiously affiliated groups, at 44%, White Evangelicals were the group least likely to favor broad legalization, with a plurality – 43% – indicating that it should be legal for medical purposes only. At 14% White Evangelicals were also the single largest religiously affiliated group that thought marijuana should be totally illegal.

In every category, those who thought it should remain 100% illegal are a narrow minority, ranging from 1-14%, with an average of 7.23% among 13 groups.

Among adults who identify as being most religious, 39% say marijuana should be broadly legalized, while 45% say it should be legal for medical use only.

And among adults who attend religious services at least once weekly, from 29-46% say marijuana should be broadly legalized, while among those who attend less than weekly, from 59-77% say it should be broadly legalized.

As of April 2021, 17 states, the District of Columbia, and the protectorates of Guam (a U.S. territory) and Northern Mariana Islands (a U.S. commonwealth), have legalized cannabis for adult recreational consumption. NMI did so in 2018, while Guam did so in 2019.

Presently, 43% of U.S. adults now reside in a state or area in which marijuana has been legalized for adult recreational use.

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