People in the US state of Maine are more likely than the general population to think marijuana should be legal, according to a new poll.
The survey from Maine Public Radio and WLWT found 71% of respondents said medical marijuana should come under federal law, compared to 27% who said the same of medical marijuana producers.
A similar question asked in January by the University of California-Berkeley and released last month by the Brookings Institution found that 60% of those surveyed believed marijuana should have the same legal status as heroin and cocaine, according the report.
A poll from the same polling firm also found that 64% of voters agreed with the statement that medical marijuana has “no negative effects” and 46% said that “the evidence suggests that marijuana is not harmful to health.”
A separate poll from WLXT and the Oregonian/OregonLive found that 56% of Maine voters said they would support medical marijuana if it was legal, while a separate survey from the University at Buffalo and the University Of Massachusetts-Amherst found that 65% of poll respondents support medical pot, with 35% opposed.
“Maine is one of the few states that is still debating medical marijuana legalization and the poll results provide an important insight into how Maine voters feel about this issue,” said David Strain, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Policy and Law at Johns Hopkins University.
“Our survey suggests that Maine voters have been less supportive of legalizing marijuana, and the majority of Maine’s residents oppose legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.”
A new poll by the Oregon Health Authority and Public Health Foundation found that a plurality of voters support marijuana legalization, but that support has dropped in recent months.
The results of that survey were released on Wednesday.
The Oregon Health and Science University/Oregon Public Health Fund/Oregon Marijuana Legalization Project survey also found support for medical marijuana in Maine has increased since the start of the year, from 30% to 38%.
A separate survey of the same poll, released last week by the New York Times, found that 59% of registered voters support legal marijuana, while 36% were opposed.
A Quinnipiac University poll released last October found that 71% respondents said marijuana should not be considered a schedule 1 controlled substance, which is classified as having no accepted medical use.
The federal government considers marijuana to be a schedule 2 controlled substance with no accepted medicinal use, according a letter released last year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the head of the Justice Department.
It was the first time since the 1970s that marijuana was placed in the same category as heroin.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has said that it will not enforce federal laws against marijuana.
A separate study from The Hill and The Boston Globe found that 74% of American voters oppose federal laws targeting marijuana, with 39% in support.
The poll, conducted by the pollsters WLTT and Public Policy Polling, was conducted from November 13-16, 2017, among 2,009 likely voters across Maine.