Poll Finds Iowans Strongly Support Marijuana For Medicinal Purposes

Iowans overwhelmingly support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical use, according to poll results released Monday.

By an 87 percent to 17 percent majority — with the support of 68 percent or more of every party, gender and age group — Iowans support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, the Quinnipiac University Poll found.

That level of support is comparable to other states, according to Peter Brown, assistant director of the poll.

“Iowans overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, but most voters oppose legalizing personal recreational use,” Brown said. On the other hand, “Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we’ve surveyed so far on this subject.”

Despite that level of support, efforts in the Iowa Legislature to legalize medicinal marijuana have failed to gain broad support this year.

Both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders say there is more interest and discussion about medicinal marijuana, but more education and research is needed before the issue can be considered further.

– Read the entire article in Quad-City Times.