GOP Voters to Feds: Do THIS about Marijuana!?!

( – Republican voters nationwide continue to exhibit growing support for the legalization of marijuana, according to a new public opinion poll.

The poll conducted on behalf of the National Cannabis Roundtable (NCB) shows that a total of 76%, that is, more than three-quarters, of GOP voters, agree with the proposition that the federal government should remove any obstacles to state decisions in favor of legalizing marijuana.

The survey by pollster Fabrizio, Lee & Associates (FLA) also discovered that almost as many of the Republican voters – 73% –  support the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes and that legal marijuana businesses should have the same rights as other legal businesses.

“There’s been a massive shift in opinion, and it’s evidently clear that Republicans have extremely positive attitudes towards legal cannabis,” commented Cory Gardner, a former US Senator, as cited by Newsmax.

Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, serves on the advisory board of the National Cannabis Roundtable.

“We’ll likely see support for legal cannabis continue to increase this November when Republicans in at least a half dozen states and counties vote on legalization and other issues. Which is why it’s time for Congress to enact commonsense cannabis reform this year, starting with key pieces of legislation like SAFE Banking and CLIMB,” he elaborated.

The former United States senator was referring to the bipartisan Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act and the Capital Lending and Investment for Marijuana Businesses Act.

The former was introduced by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and has passed the US House of Representatives six times, most recently in February of this year.

The latter was introduced by Reps. Troy Carter (D-LA), and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), in June 2022.

The poll, conducted among 1,000 registered GOP voters on August 15-21, found that 58% of the Republicans believe cannabis legalization is a state-level issue, not a federal one.

Its results also showed that 47% favor legalizing marijuana for adult use, while 46% are against that.

More than two-thirds, or 69% of Republicans, said they support reviewing sentences for nonviolent cannabis crimes if the respective state has later legalized the substance for adult use.

More than half of the GOP respondents declared themselves in favor of expunging conviction records from cannabis convictions in states that have made it legal after the respective sentences.

Besides that, 47% of the polled Republican voters have admitted to having used marijuana for recreational or medical purposes or both.

“These findings support what I’ve been saying for years: Cannabis is no longer the partisan issue it once was,” said Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

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