A slim majority of Minnesota voters support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll poll.
The Minnesota poll found that 53% of voters believe the state should legalize recreational marijuana, 36% oppose change and 11% are undecided.
The poll comes nearly a year after the Democratic-controlled Minnesota House Marijuana legalization bill passed, which Senate Republicans prevented from becoming law. In July, however, a New law to legalize food Containing certain amounts of the psychoactive THC of cannabis took effect after Democratic lawmakers push it softly through the legislature.
Legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota will depend on who wins control of the legislature in November. DFL Governor Tim Walz, who is also on the ballot, supports legalization. His Republican opponent, Scott Jensen, said voters should decide on the issue by amending a constitutional ballot.
Poll results are based on interviews with 800 potential voters in Minnesota conducted from September 12 to September 14. Its margin of error was plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
Greg Busani, of Elk River, said he opposes legal marijuana because he fears it will lead to more disabled drivers.
It’s not something that heightens your sense of consciousness, it fills it in,” said Busani, 65. “There are so many dingbats on the road these days that driving is dangerous enough as it is.”
The idea was most popular in Hennepin and Ramsey counties, although a majority of voters in northern Minnesota also expressed support for the legalization of marijuana. Women preferred change more than men.
Nadine Garcia, a 35-year-old nurse from Crystal, Minnesota, said she has never used marijuana but would prefer to legalize it because she believes that criminalizing it does more harm than good.
“It’s not a bad thing, especially for people who are in pain. For people who have some mental health issues, it helps a lot,” Garcia said. “Honestly, this isn’t harmful to something entertaining unless people are addicted.”
70% of Democrats and 60% of Independents supported legalizing marijuana. Among Republicans, 65% opposed it and 29% were in favour.
About 60% of Minnesota residents ages 18 to 49 said they want marijuana to become legal, and half of those ages 50 to 64 support it. Minnesota residents 65 and older were most divided on the issue, with 47% in favor and 44% against.
Broadly, the results of the Minnesota survey indicate growing support for legal recreational marijuana. in Star Tribune Poll / MPR News In February 2020, 51% of registered voters said the state should legalize the drug.
Maren Schroeder, who runs a coalition of pro-cannabis groups called MN readyShe said she believes more Minnesota residents will take up this issue “as it has been normalized in our community by selling” THC-derived hemp food.