US (AL): Poll reveals residents are split on adult-use cannabis legalization

A recent poll conducted by CBS42, The Hill, Emerson College found Alabamians are fairly split on whether the state should legalize adult-use cannabis. “There’s still a lot of controversy about cannabis in Alabama,” Emerson College Polling Executive Director Spencer Kimball said.

The poll shows 47% of Alabama primary voters oppose legalizing cannabis for recreational use, while 42% support it. Alabama Appleseed Research Director Leah Nelson favors legalization.

“We would save a lot of money and police resources if we were to legalize adult-use cannabis,” Nelson said. Nelson supports a bill in the legislature to lessen the penalties for cannabis possession, noting that Black people are disproportionately arrested for using the drug. 

“I hope they go ahead and legalize it at some point, but decriminalization is an important first step,” she said.

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