Just hours after the Quinnipiac poll was released, revealing that most Americans are in favor of medical marijuana – President Trump’s press secretary said he was too.
Up until last week, there was a lot of uncertainty as to where the new Trump administration stands on marijuana reform. Last Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed a lot with comments he made to reporters at his briefing. For the first time, Spicer said the White House is aware of the medical uses for marijuana.
On the other side of the cannabis coin stands recreational cannabis, and Spicer made it clear that they are not as thrilled with the recreational, adult-use cannabis market.
From the podium of the West Wing, Spicer had this to say about medical marijuana:
“The president understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing, especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them…”
“There is still a federal law that we need to abide by when it comes to recreational marijuana and other drugs of that nature…” He went on to add that he believes Americans will ‘see greater enforcement’ on recreational marijuana because there’s a ‘big difference’ between medical and recreational use.
It’s interesting to note that Spicer made the comments immediately following the new national poll taken by Quinnipiac University that revealed that most Americans are in favor of marijuana, and Republicans are out of step with the issue. According to the polling data, a whopping 93 percent of voters support legalized marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor.
The title of the study’s findings is: ‘REPUBLICANS OUT OF STEP WITH U.S. VOTERS ON KEY ISSUES, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS; MOST VOTERS SUPPORT LEGALIZED MARIJUANA’
While his comments throw the Republican administration’s support behind medical marijuana for the first time, the GOP base remains behind the new marijuana times on both medical and recreational marijuana.
An updated title for their findings could be: ‘WHITE HOUSE REPUBLICANS IN STEP WITH U.S. VOTERS ON KEY ISSUES, QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY NATIONAL POLL FINDS; MOST VOTERS SUPPORT LEGALIZED MEDICAL MARIJUANA’.
No love for recreational cannabis
Republicans, including the President, remain out of step with America when it comes to recreational cannabis. A majority – 59 percent – of everyone polled believes that marijuana use should be made legal in the U.S.
The poll finds 61 percent of Republicans, and about half of voters over the age of 65 are opposed to legalized marijuana. Every other party, gender, education, age, and racial group listed supports legalized marijuana.
The poll also finds, across the board, that a majority of the voters support state’s rights on marijuana. The poll finds that 71 percent agree – the government should not enforce federal laws against marijuana in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana use.
Just over half of the Republicans oppose federal action against states with medical or recreational reforms, at 55 percent. A significant amount, 80 percent, of Democrats agree.
Republicans views on legalization of cannabis remains at odds with most other demographics. Spicer’s comments bring the Republican White House at odds with their Republican base when it comes to medical marijuana.
The poll still proves anti-legalization Republicans are out of step with America when it comes to recreational marijuana.