Ohio: Majority of Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana, Nearly 9 out of 10 Support Medical Use

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director February 24, 2014

    Polling data released today by Quinnipiac University revealed that a majority of Ohio voters support legalizing marijuana for recreational use and nearly 9 out of 10 support legalizing marijuana for medicinal use.

    When asked if they supported or opposed allowing adults in Ohio to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, 51% said they would support this policy and only 44% were opposed. Support was strongest amongst voters age 18-29 (72%), Independent voters (61%), and Democrats (54%) and weakest among Republicans (33%) and voters over the age of 65 (31%).

    Essentially all voters stated they supported legalizing marijuana for medicinal use. 87% said they supported allowing marijuana for medical use and just 11% were opposed. No demographic had less than 78% support.

    Rob Ryan, Ohio NORML President, is not surprised by the favorable Quinnipiac poll response. In his experience speaking to various non marijuana groups, even the most conservative citizens in south west Ohio, where Mr. Ryan lives, readily agree that marijuana is not a deadly, addictive drug with no medical use as it is defined by to be in the same class as heroin by state and federal law.

    You can view the full results of the poll here.

    28 responses to “Ohio: Majority of Voters Want to Legalize Marijuana, Nearly 9 out of 10 Support Medical Use”

    1. Ben There says:

      Way to go Ohio
      Maybe I’ll stick around.
      Ben here all my 54 years.
      Love the summer, hate the cold.
      Hey you statehouse,get yours mind right
      And change the law, before we lose more.

    2. TheOracle says:

      Politicians have their own axes to grind, their own issues, and they’re lazy when it comes to taking on issues like cannabis that need to be changed. To do absolutely nothing about legalizing cannabis requires no work on the part of politicians whatsoever. That’s what politicians do best: nothing. Politicians are great talkers, big bullshitters, panderers and experts at fundraising and making sure a nice chunk of change is available for they to live the sweet life, La Dolce Vita.

      The only way they will legalize cannabis is if they have no other choice.

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      “…even the most conservative citizens in south west Ohio, where Mr. Ryan lives, readily agree that marijuana is not a deadly, addictive drug with no medical use as it is defined by to be in the same class as heroin by state and federal law.”

      Sounds like the people prefer science to political ideology. Welcome to the 21st century.

    4. TimFromLA says:

      Here’s a strange thought. What happens if marijuana is legal, taxed and regulated in all 50 states? Will NORML be out of business? When Prohibition was repealed December 5, 1933 after the 21st Amendment, alcohol became legal, once again.

      I’m sure, if the Internet existed, there would have been National Organization for the Reform of Alcohol Laws (NORAL) would have existed. But today, there is none and eventually when the existence of NORML may no longer be needed.

      I guess it would be nice that you folks would no longer exist.

      [Editor’s note: After cannabis is legalized NORML and its members can do any number of options:

      Go from being an anti-prohibition non-profit advocacy organization to a ‘Consumers Report’ like non-profit advocacy group that represents the interests of cannabis consumers in state and federal legislatures; test and rate cannabis related products and commerce; maintain history and archive on cannabis use, culture, legislation, commerce and advocacy.

      That NORML gives ‘seals of approval’ for safely grown cannabis, environmentally-friendly and child labor law-friendly paraphernalia or products that enhance personal and public safety (NORML DUID device, commercial leaf trimmer safety certification, etc…)

      Similarly, NORML could become a non-profit archive for all things related to cannabis…in effect, creating and maintaining the ‘American Cannabis Museum’.

      Or, the organization could morph into a trade association group representing wholesale or retail interests in the cannabis industry.

      In either case, there well could be licensed ‘NORML cafes’ or ‘NORML paraphernalia’, NORML-branded cannabis products themselves, etc…as the two most recognizable and enduring brands associated with cannabis in the world are: High Times and NORML]

    5. Dave Evans says:

      If marijuana is not a deadly material, then why are police still being allowed to prosecute people for owning, growing or selling it??? The law itself contains lies–how is something so broken still being enforced by people who are knowningly lying about it??? Judges watch police lie day in and out and just sit there. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6. Ray says:

      Don’t think that once legalization happens people will throw their arms up and say “Oh, well we lost that one.” NORML will be around for a long time.

      Ohio is a big farming state that would really benefit from legalization, but more importantly hemp. Let’s farm it here, sell it, tax it, bring the jobs back and put cannabis back into our food supply. It is super healthy as food, and full of nutrition.

    7. Nick Pappas says:

      OHIOANS!! Please take the time to write your state rep and ask for their support for HB 153 that is now in committee.

    8. Ray Walker Jr. says:

      The issues surrounding cannabis will never go away and neither will the narrow-minded people of the assumed status of the ruling class. I cannot envision a day that we would be without the need of NORML. NORML will always find itself at the forefront of fundamental rights when it comes to cannabis.
      The idea of NORML monitoring a Cannabis Consumers Report and a trade association group representing wholesale or retail interests in the cannabis industry has a good sound to it. I especially like the idea of American Cannabis Museum so none of this fight could be forgotten or ever disputed. It could also serve as a library of knowledge detailing medical research, current cannabinoid findings, care and cultivation and much more. Many would donate to see these kinds of things come to pass.
      I’m sure the fine people of Ohio and everywhere else would enjoy strolling into a NORML Cafe and Coffeehouse and order up a few infused products with friends and loved ones to discuss the latest news in and around the world concerning cannabis.
      With good statistics being gathered in Ohio and all over the country, it won’t be long before some of these ideas become reality.

      Good job Ohioans. Keep up the good fight.

    9. Dave Evans says:

      There are several cottage industries in the USA that manufacture little more than hate, fear and stupidity. Many of our politicians are just simpltons trying to sell one or all of those negative mindsets. Even, “We are going to the Moon” was set in motion by following it up with “before the Soviets get there.” This leading by fear is so stupid, it is how we keep getting into wars that serve no purposes other than an a recruitment tool for al-qaedas and talibans–Our bombs are their fertilizer. They want to soak the World in Blood and we’re helping them achieve their goals with every drone strike we make.

      Because fear leads to such good decision making right?–Not!!!! What are they still trying to sell us on this week? Gay people are dangerous, marijuana is dangerous, Muslims should have different (fewer) rights than other Americans because we need to fear them.

      “I say no to war, you say no to war,
      and we go to war again
      but the truth of the matter is –
      it stinks like the shit that you are.
      You’ve freedom to sell, you poisoned
      the well from heaven to hell and then
      you wonder why you can’t fuckin think
      for yourself anymore.”

      Yeah, the only people that need us to hate them are the haters, the mis-leaders. Everytime they try to put a societal failure on marijuana users, we put right back on them as it is the leadership that is failing. Everytime one of the goons opens their mouth and blames marijuana for something it can’t do, dangerous properties it doesn’t have, they are admitting they don’t have the wisdom and intelligence required to hold the position they are seeking.

    10. thx tim from la says:

      thx tim for asking that burning question