Survey: 86 percent of Wyoming residents support medical marijuana

A close up of a cannabis plant. (Michael Fischer, Pexels)

A new survey released today finds that a majority of Wyoming residents are in favor of legalized medical marijuana, while nearly half support complete legalization.

According to a release, the survey by the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center (WYSAC) at the University of Wyoming found that 49 percent of Wyoming residents say they support allowing Wyoming adults to possess Marijuana.

The survey also found that 86 percent of Wyoming residents support the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by doctor.

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Both statistics are are up significantly from results from the same survey made in 2014 and 2016, showing a “statistically significant trend,” according to the release.

The survey also found that “just over two-thirds of Wyoming residents believe that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not serve jail time.”

“This figure has remained steady since we started measuring in 2014,” according to a senior research scientist Brian Harnisch at WYSAC. “It’s interesting to see that opposition to jail time started high and remained high, while support for the legalization of both personal and medical marijuana continues to increase year after year.”

According to the release, the statewide survey was conducted over October 9 through 19, with 607 responses from random Wyoming citizens. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

The full results of the survey can be seen here.