51% of Georgians back medical marijuana

A new Insider Advantage/Fox 5 survey finds that a majority of registered voters in Georgia support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

According to the survey, 51% of voters in the state would back legislation allowing the use of medical marijuana “in very specific instances,” while just 27% oppose it.

The more interesting aspect of this is that voters from the two major parties aren’t far apart on the issue. The survey found that 53.45% of Democrats and 52.38% of Republicans support legislation allowing for the use of medical marijuana. A plurality of independents, at 47.75%, would support such a measure, while 28.89% would oppose it.

State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) called for hearings last week to examine the viability of medical marijuana. House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) has indicated that he’s open to the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Senate Pro-Tem David Shafer (R-Duluth) has also intimated openness on examining the issue.

The survey also found that 56% of voters oppose legislation that would allow Georgia students to carry a gun on campus for self-defense purposes. Thirty-one percent (31%) back the right-to-carry measure.

The survey of 2,613 registered voters was conducted on Tuesday, January 14. The margin of error is +/- 1.9%.


  1. John Konop says:

    This would be a major help for the economy:

    First it would help wages and jobs if we expunge non violent offenders by letting the scarlet letter.

    Second it would free up taxpayer money via court, incarceration cost, enforcement……

    Third if taxed and regulated it would drive revenue…….

    • Michael Silver says:

      Poorly? The proper description is “misleading with the intent to deceive”.

      What is being discussed isn’t arming “students”, its allowing background checked licensees who don’t have criminal records or mental health issues to carry on campus just as they carry everywhere else in the state. These people are over 21 and typically are going back for advanced degrees.

      The AJC and other polls “manipulate” the results of these polls by implying Republicans want to arm binge drinking, irresponsible, sex crazed college freshman. Its a lie!

  2. Jon Lester says:

    I am pleasantly surprised that this much is being discussed in this year’s General Assembly. Georgia doctors need to be free to tell their patients what can be done for particular ailments, up to and including medicinal marijuana.

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