South Carolina voters overwhelmingly say their state’s own medical marijuana law should trump federal enforcement, said a new poll being released Thursday.
Sixty-five percent said they believed states should be able to enforce their own marijuana laws “without federal interference,” according to the survey commissioned by Marijuana Majority, a pro-legalization advocacy group. Only 16 percent said they believed the federal government should override South Carolina’s medical marijuana laws and enforce a no-pot policy.
South Carolina, among the most conservative states, is one of 40 states that have approved medical marijuana for patients’ use, while four states — Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska — have legalized the drug for adult recreational use.
Regardless of political affiliation, gender or age, voters seem to prefer enforcing state marijuana laws, according to the poll, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. A majority of voters who identified as Republican voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential elections, are over the age of 65 and consider themselves either conservative or very conservative still supported South Carolina over the federal government. [Read more at the Washington Times]