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POT POLL: Iowans Strongly Favor Medical Marijuana

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A new poll shows Iowans support legalizing marijuana for medical use.

Of those polled by Quinnipiac University, 81 percent support medical cannabis. Just 17 percent oppose it.

However, 55-percent of voters oppose allowing marijuana for personal recreational use.

The pollsters say opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state they’ve surveyed so far on the subject.

“Iowans overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, but most voters oppose legalizing personal recreational use,” Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said. “Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we’ve surveyed so far on this subject. Support for medical marijuana is comparable to other states.”

Governor Branstad has said legalizing medical marijuana won’t happen this year.

Over 1,300 registered Iowa voters responded to the poll.


  • Bart

    1. 81% are basically saying “Branstad lacks compassion & we need to get rid of the old goat.”

    2. 99% of the 55% that oppose personal use have probably never experienced marijuana & are relying on outdated gov lies & propaganda.

    3. Once the 55% experience the mild effects of marijuana & realize just how much the gov has lied about the issue approval numbers re personal use will soar.

    4. Bart et al recommends that 55% take a Colorado vacation !

  • William Denison

    Gov Branstad is holding back growth in so many ways . When Iowa law makers say they are going to talk about it next year it won’t matter.Gov Braindead has said time and time again he will never ok med cannabis. If Branstad stays in office Iowans next chance won’t be until around 2020 to get it here in this state. Alot of people who are also friends and family will have moved to Colorado or some other med cannabis state by then. Republincans say they are about less government and family values. It sure don’t look like it to 81% of Iowans anymore.

  • revraygreen (@revraygreen)

    the Exodus began 4+ years ago for many just before he was elected again in 2010….for me and new arrivals …we are witnessing freedom every day….People that leave the state for safer, quality, state legal medical marijuana access, are healthier…many like me are adding years to our lives, just from eliminating FDA drugs, and Iowa jails…

    Terry could have researched while on vacation in Arizona,…,0,6211983.story

    -Government approves medical marijuana research-
    A University of Arizona study, which still requires DEA approval, would examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress. The green light may clear the way for broader studies.March 14, 2014, 5:00 p.m. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration handed backers of medical marijuana a significant victory Friday, opening the way for a University of Arizona researcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of the drug.

  • JPenny

    Has Mr. Branstad forgotten he works for us? He is supposed to be supporting what WE want in government policies as a majority. I see 81% as an outstanding majority, yet Branstad ignores us, saying medical marijuana will never be legal in Iowa as long as he is in office. It’s time to put this old horse out to pasture!

  • William Denison

    Terry takes another vacation all the while the sick and dying wish for only one last vacation from the pain they are in.

  • Ishmale Whale

    “…Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we’ve surveyed so far on this subject…”—That shows how backwards and behind Iowa is. I am surprised Iowa isn’t a dry state or still have dry counties that a few states still have. But I am sure if Iowa was dry, Branstad would of made sure we became wet. Drinking is a family tradition to him.

  • Coffee Pot

    Ok so if you got medical weed, what happens if that doesn’t work? Medical meth? Medical coke? Medical LSD?
    I’m sure you can come up with scientists that say meth is good for you.
    I guess I have no problem with medical pot, but that isn’t what 90 percent of you are really wanting, now is it?

    • Ishmale Whale

      Coffee Pot, that is a bad “what if”. That is like saying if nothing else can ease your pain, a bullet to the head sure will. Dentists use liquid cocaine for surgeries. I have no interest in those poison drugs or those who use them. Since I do not have any medical conditions that would give me access to it, I won’t be getting it, but I know many who could benefit from it. By your name, it seems coffee/ caffeine is your drug of choice…and a number of people die every year from caffeine overdose. Some get down right mean when they don’t get their fix.

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