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US: Majority of democratic voters finds cannabis legalization should be a priority

As the midterm elections approach, a new poll finds that a majority of Democrats believe that legalizing cannabis should be a top or important priority for Congress, and that the issue has significant support from voters in general. The survey from Morning Consult and Politico that was released on Wednesday asked registered voters about 13 different issues and the extent to which they should be congressional priorities. Four out of ten voters overall said ending prohibition should be prioritized.

While cannabis reform was far from the top issue that respondents, in general, said they feel lawmakers should be pursuing—with more Americans saying that issues like reducing the federal deficit, health care and economic recovery from the pandemic are top concerns—it remains notable that almost half of the country views cannabis legalization as a priority and that a majority of voters in the party that controls both chambers of Congress and the White House do so.

Overall, 19 percent of voters said that cannabis should be a “top priority” and an additional 22 percent said it should be an “important, but lower priority.” Only 20 percent said Congress shouldn’t move to end prohibition.  For an issue that has long gone ignored by congressional leaders until more and more states elected to legalize cannabis, the fact that 41 percent of American voters now regard it as a priority is revealing.

And for Democrats heading into a precarious election season where the threat of losing their majority in at least one chamber looms large, lawmakers may want to take note of the fact that 52 percent of people who identify as or lean Democrat say cannabis legalization should be a top or important congressional priority.

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