A majority of registered Utah voters support the legalization of cannabis, according to a new poll.
The survey, conducted from January 6-13, found that 61 percent of Utah voters approve of expanding the legal right to medical cannabis while only 33 percent disapproved. Seven percent remain unsure.
The numbers represent a significant boost for medical cannabis among the state’s voters: A similar poll taken in 2014 found 51 percent of Utah voters supportive of legalized medical cannabis while 41 percent disapproved. Eight percent were unsure.
Even Utah’s governor, Republican Bob Herbert, has expressed openness to expanding access to medical cannabis in the state, albeit with strict provisions on its growth and distribution.
“The discussion is now at hand, the time is nigh to see if we can find a pathway forward on this,”
he said. “But I’m not interested in having Dr. Feelgood out there saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, que pasa? Here’s your doobie for the day and you’ll feel better.'”
Several bills will appear before the Utah legislature in the next legislative session that would broaden access to medical cannabis throughout the state. Proponents of the measures are optimistic about their chances.
The survey was conducted by SurveyUSA from Jan. 6-13 among 989 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.