NEWPORT — A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project found that an overwhelming 76 percent of Vermont residents support allowing adults 21 and over to purchase cannabis from regulated, tax-paying, small businesses.
These results are significant as they come days before the Vermont House is expected to vote on S. 54, a bill that would legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis sales in the state.
The poll was conducted on February 14-15 and surveyed 890 residents from across the state.
Notably, the results show that legalizing and regulating cannabis sales is supported across all demographic groups, including Republicans, at 58 percent, and residents 65 and older at 69 percent.
Vermont’s most educated residents are overwhelmingly in favor of 84 percent, and only a small minority of Vermonters, 19 percent remain opposed.
The to-date survey of 396 participants indicates that just over 35 percent do not want marijuana to be legally commercialized.
The poll also confirmed Vermonters’ strong support for the state’s existing laws relative to medical cannabis and adult-use possession and cultivation.
Eighty-seven percent 87 percent support continuing to allow medical cannabis, 78 percent support continuing to allow possession by adults, and 76 percent support continuing to allow home cultivation.
“Cannabis is legal for adults in Vermont, so it should come as no surprise that three out of four Vermonters believe there should be a safe, legal way to obtain it,” Matt Simon, New England political director at the Marijuana Policy Project said. “Legalizing and regulating cannabis sales will protect consumers, and it will create jobs and economic opportunities for small businesses.”
Simon says it makes no sense for Vermonters to continue buying from the illicit market, or from retail stores in Massachusetts when small businesses in Vermont are capable of producing high-quality craft cannabis.