Two Southern States Show Majority Support for Medical Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director January 16, 2013

    In another sign of the changing times, this past week two new polls have been released demonstrating majority support for allowing the medical use of marijuana in two southern states, a region historically less supportive of cannabis law reforms.

    A poll conducted by Public Policy Polling revealed that most North Carolinians believe that a doctor should possess the legal option to authorize marijuana for patients. Support for legalizing medical marijuana is at 58% overall, with 33% opposed and 9% undecided. A majority of every age group under age 65 supports allowing for the medical use of marijuana. The poll surveyed 608 North Carolina voters between January 10 and January 13, 2013.

    Another Public Policy Polling survey had the majority of West Virginians supporting the medical use of cannabis, 53% in favor to 40% opposed. Further, when asked which is a safer treatment for debilitating pain: the medical use of marijuana or Oxycontin, 63% responded medical marijuana. You can view more data from this poll here.

    Legislation to allow for the medical use of cannabis is expected to be introduced in both states this year. If you live in North Carolina, you can currently use NORML’s Take Action Center to write your elected officials and tell them to support this legislation by clicking here.

    These recent polls are indicative of the attitude shift towards cannabis that is occurring across the country. Check NORML’s Take Action Center to see if marijuana related legislation has been filed in your state and use our form to easily contact your elected officials in support of these important measures. Check back often, as new legislation is being introduced constantly.

    56 responses to “Two Southern States Show Majority Support for Medical Marijuana”

    1. Jacob says:

      This is great, except West Virginia is not a Southern state, either geographically or based on American history.

    2. Ben says:

      NORML team – good work, always.

      Is your thinking that the nation’s embrace for MMJ a useful step towards its legalization?

      It would seem likely its classification would have to be lowered, to at least a more reasonable level…

      the reason I ask, is I am not sure how to feel and think relative to MMJ, as it CLEARLY has its medical benefits, but, frankly, much of my own usage would still fall into an optional recreational termed setting, (much like a glass of wine, versus a row of whiskey shots.)

      Thank you, team NORML.
      You represent us well.

      To my fellow readers:
      Do what you can to support NORML,
      these initiatives, and reach out to your Representatives!

      [Editor’s note: Thanks for your kind regards and NORML’s long embrace and support for medical cannabis is an important component of moving public opinion away from fearing cannabis to embracing its safety and use.

      After CA citizens voted for the first medical cannabis initiative in 1996, there was a marked increase in public support for legalization overall nationwide.

      NORML supports all levels of reform, but is most keen on outright legalization.]

    3. I see the hub of the South is sucking the hind teat as usual on this cutting edge issue. Come on Georgia get your head out of your @$$ and lets legalize cannabis in this legislative session. What are we waiting for on this issue?

    4. I live in WV. and I didn’t hear of any poll being taken, I belief cannabis should be Legalize too.

    5. C++ says:

      Don’t be like Delaware. Medical Cannabis is legal but it cannot be utilized due to the governor of Delaware wanting further proof that the feds won’t prosecute state employees for working in the department that actually sells it to the public.

    6. John McClane says:

      im willing to bet its majority support in all of them. However, none (0) have ballot initiatives! We need to change this too.

    7. fishcreekbob says:

      I saw the poll at wtrfty.com in Wheeling but they quickly took it off. Wish they’d hurry up.

    8. Jonathan says:

      umm west virgina is not a southern state. it is above the mason dixon line. I want to know about Georgia.

    9. mexweed says:

      Good polling news from NC but watch out, the Big 2WackGo oligarchs that control politic$ in that state will need to be paid off!

      Insulting as it sounds, they will have to be granted a profitable role in cannabis supply, user services and so forth, but maybe a bargain can be extracted that THEY CEASE AND DESIST TO MAKE AND SELL 6,000,000/year deadly $igarettes. Tobacco-growing will be reduced to 1/20 of its present land use and only heirloom non-inhalant (puffpipe, cigar) varieties produced. The $igarette machines will be used to roll Brownspliffs loaded with high quality POTting soil and a
      POTseed for fast efficient HEMP PLANTING on former tobacco lands followed in a year or two by reforestation, hemp being a superior precursor crop for TREES.

    10. disvet13 says:

      i believe the mason-dixon line stands as the boundary between the north and south, making west virginia the first of the geographically southern states. but our biggest drawback is it’s owned by the rockefellers, and we all know the rockefellers are instrumental in the prohibition of cannabis. we have been a slave state to the business interests of the rockys, in coal, oil, gas, timber, alcohol and tobacco, and unfortunately medicine. the carpetbagger has robbed one of the richest natural resources areas for over 100 years and we remain one of the poorest. poor dumb hillbillies have fed off the crumbs thrown to them for so long they don’t have enough sense to see the parallel to moonshine prohibition, or the oxy and meth wars. rockys got them just where he wants them, the ones that really fight for criminalization are the religious ones. by lumping marijuana with oxy and meth the propaganda machine instills a sense of moral obligation to continue believing the devil weed is evil.