A press release by the Marijuana Policy Project cites a Public Policy Polling survey that found that 74 percent of Ohio residents are in favor of legalizing medical cannabis in the state. Just 22 percent of Ohioans are opposed to such a move. The poll’s margin of error is 3.8 percent.
The survey was conducted between February 17 and 18, and polled 672 randomly chosen Ohio residents. The poll results were released Monday, as medical cannabis advocates move to launch a campaign supporting the constitutional ballot initiative that would legalize medical cannabis for people suffering from terminal or debilitating conditions.
Mason Tvert, a spokesperson for Ohioans for Medical Marijuana (OMM), said that “it’s become pretty common knowledge that marijuana can be incredibly beneficial in the treatment of a variety of medical conditions.”
“It’s not surprising that a vast majority of voters agree patients should be allowed to consume it if their doctors think it could be helpful. There are few laws still on the books that are as unpopular as those that prohibit sick and dying people from accessing medical marijuana.”
OMM is working with advocates to craft the constitutional initiative and eventually to begin the petition process to get the initiative on the November ballot.
“Ohio’s current marijuana policy is antiquated and inhumane,” said Tvert. “We hope to give voters an opportunity to change that this November. We’re confident that most Ohioans will support a well-written initiative that gives seriously ill people the right to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.”