A majority of Tennesseans support allowing medical marijuana use, the latest MTSU poll suggests.
The poll, released on Thursday, suggests 57% of Tennesseans said marijuana use should remain banned.
But those results change drastically when people are asked about the medical use of marijuana.
"But then we followed up by asking that same 57% whether adults should be allowed to use doctor-prescribed marijuana for medical purposes. Nearly two-thirds of them said yes," said MTSU Poll Director Ken Blake.
"When you sort everyone out, you end up with 33% saying marijuana use should be allowed in general, 36% saying marijuana use should be allowed only for medical purposes, and 18% saying marijuana use should remain entirely banned, even for medical purposes. Another six percent are undecided about a general ban but would permit medical use, and the rest say they aren't sure."
The poll results are timely as the Koozer-Kuhn Medical Cannabis Act (House Bill 1385) has been presented to the Tennessee Legislature. HB 1385 was sponsored by Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville).
The bill was authored by advocate Bernie Ellis, who was thrilled with the results of the MTSU Poll.
"To see that fewer than one in five Tennesseans supports continuing Reefer Madness is excellent news," Ellis said.