Politico and Harvard just dropped survey numbers on what Americans think about CBD and cannabis legalization, and new data today from the Pew Research Center backs up their findings. The results: Support for cannabis legalization continues to be overwhelming.
The new data set from Politico and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health went in-depth on American’s attitudes, concerns and general thought processes about the controversial plant, as recreational, medical and CBD regulations continue to evolve around the nation.
The survey found slightly more than half of U.S. adults, 52%, know what CBD is. It also found that one in seven Americans, or 15%, openly admit to using CBD products, though it didn’t distinguish between cannabis-derived CBD products and hemp-derived CBD products.
And for the people who actually know what CBD is, they believe that it is very safe. Only 5% of people reported thinking it’s dangerous.
Legalizing pot is still popular, as 62% of those surveyed in the Politico-Harvard study approved of federal legalization. 69% of those people favored only allowing state-licensed stores to sell weed. Most excitingly, one in three people now support people being able to smoke pot in public spaces in their neighborhood! About half of people said they would be OK with a dispensary opening in their neighborhood as well.
This result was corroborated by a new study from Pew that was published on Thursday. The Pew data found that support for cannabis legalization was at its highest point since the organization started tracking it in 1969, and that it had continued to increase steadily over the past decade. Today, Pew found that 59% of American adults think recreational and medical cannabis should be legal, while 32% think only medical marijuana should be legal. That means, Pew says, an “overwhelming majority” of U.S. adults think medical or recreational cannabis should be legal, clocking in at 91%. Only 8% wanted to keep cannabis legal in all circumstances.
The Pew data pointed to a partisan gap — Democrats were more likely to support legalization than Republicans — but with such a huge buy-in from people across the political spectrum, the issue of cannabis legalization is officially bipartisan.
Things got a bit more unique with questions in the Politico-Harvard study about the FDA, which hinted that the public might have some areas where they want a bit more governmental restraint. 51% of those surveyed believe that CBD products