KANSAS – Results from the 2023 Kansas Speaks fall survey, conducted by the Docking Institute of Public Affairs, have unveiled a significant shift in public sentiment regarding cannabis legalization in Kansas, according to KSNT.
According to the survey, which spanned from September 20 to October 10, 2023, and involved nearly 500 Kansans aged 18 and older, a substantial majority of respondents are now in favor of legalizing cannabis, both for recreational use and state taxation.
The most significant finding of the survey was that 67.2% of respondents expressed support for the legalization of recreational marijuana, allowing for state taxation, while 16.9% were opposed. The strongest support for legalization came from individuals aged 35 to 44, with 63.2% in favor, while those aged 65 and older showed the strongest opposition, with 24% against cannabis legalization.
Political affiliation did not prove to be a significant factor, with 41% of Republicans and 52.8% of Democrats expressing support for marijuana legalization. Furthermore, nearly 64% of respondents stated they were “highly” or “somewhat likely” to vote for a candidate who supported marijuana legalization, while approximately 15% said it was “unlikely.”
The survey also explored support for candidates who favored medical marijuana legalization, with 63.1% of those aged 35 to 44 expressing strong support and 13.4% of those aged 65 and older in strong opposition.
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