Poll: 70% in Louisiana Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition

An overwhelming majority of adults in Louisiana support ending the state’s prohibition on recreational marijuana, according to new polling.

According to the poll, conducted by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at Louisiana State University, 70% of respondents say they support ending the prohibition on possessing “small amounts” of marijuana. This marks an almost 30% increase from the 42% support the move had in 2013.

When it comes to medical marijuana, support is even higher, with 90% of Louisiana adults saying they support legal medical marijuana

The poll included 500 Louisiana adults interviewed between  March 22 to April 4 The margin of error is +/-5.8%.

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Although there is currently no bill to legalize marijuana making its way through the Louisiana Legislature, a measure to allow for the quick expungement of marijuana convictions has been passed through the state’s full House of Representatives as well as its initial Senate Committee.

Last month the House Labor Committee voted to pass a bill to protect employees who are medical marijuana patients from being denied unemployment compensation benefits.

The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs “is partnership-driven, action-oriented, and dedicated to
exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life.” You can find more information on the poll by clicking here.

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