Poll: Majority backs legal marijuana in MinnesotaPosted by On

A majority of Minnesota voters polled in an MPR News/Star Tribune/KARE 11 survey conducted last week say the state should legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Roughly 53 percent of the 800 registered voters reached by Mason Dixon Polling between Sept. 12 and 14 said they supported legal marijuana, while 36 percent said they opposed it and about 11 percent remained unsure. The poll carries a plus-or-minus 3.5 percent margin of error.

Support for legalizing cannabis cuts across age groups, voters’ geographic location, level of education, race and gender, with majorities backing the plan across those categories. 

The proposal faces greater opposition among Republicans, with just under 65 percent of those who identified as Republicans opposing the proposal to make cannabis available for recreational use, compared to 29 percent of GOP voters who support it.

Monica Nelson of Prior Lake answered pollsters’ questions. She fears legalizing recreational  marijuana would have unintended consequences.

“I would definitely not vote for marijuana,” Nelson said. “I think it’s a gateway drug.”

Majorities of Democrats and independent voters polled support the idea.

Minnesota lawmakers earlier this year approved a rewrite of the state’s marijuana laws that allowed for the legal purchase and consumption of small amounts of cannabis products made into foods or drinks. 

The under-the-radar effort to pass the plan came with little fanfare, but it spurred a strong reaction from the…

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