The use of medical marijuana with the blessing of a doctor gets full-throated support from a wide majority of people over the age of 50 across the nation.
But only 40% of the 2,007 people polled by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation support cannabis use for any reason, according to results from the poll released Tuesday morning.
Those nationwide results might be troubling for a coalition of groups pushing a November ballot proposal for full legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Michigan.
If voter turnout is low and the more reliable population of older voters keeps up its tradition of casting ballots in high numbers, “it will be a lot closer and it could lose,” said Bernie Porn, president of the Lansing-based polling firm EPIC/MRA.
A poll he did in February for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) also revealed some wariness among older voters for fully legalized marijuana, with 49% of people over the age of 65 opposed and 46% in favor. When the demographic is 50 or older, the support for legalization grows to 46% while opposition is 42%. [Read more at Detroit Free Press]