Minnesota is gearing up for the legalisation of cannabis after two official polls clearly showed the state’s three and a half million people were in favour of legal reform.
The surveys, undertaken at the Minnesota State Fair and involving almost
18,000 participants showed a majority of the population were in favour of
The polls – one conducted by the Senate with 6,900 people, and one by
the House involving 11,200 – offered different questions, but reaped remarkably
Essentially, the questions for both streams asked if cannabis should
legal at the age of 21 years old. The return looked like this…
The results will make uncomfortable reading for Republican
leaders of the Senate who are vehemently opposed to legalisation and flexed
their muscles over the issue in March after rejecting a motion to slacken
The House, however, will welcome the findings. Only last week, the
Democrat leader – Governor Tim Walz – urged the state’s agencies to “take steps
to prepare for a legal cannabis market”.
He also said he would sponsor a bill to hasten the legalisation of marijuana,
affirming the state “will have everything ready to go, and we will be able to
implement it in Minnesota the minute the Legislature moves this”.
One observer – Duluth-based politics academic Elena Walker – also suggested
the polls may have an interesting twist that would put the majority view on
marijuana in Minnesota further into the favour of legalisation.
“The demographic element of the polls has a very curious aspect that
should make the pro Marijuana lobby feel very positive,” she explained to The
“And that is the element that the state fair traditionally attracts
“It’s a well-known fact the age split on the issue is heavily weighted
towards the younger people of America, with the older generations not
necessarily being eager to sweep in laws to allow the recreational use of
“However, the results of the surveys conducted by both the House and
State were drawn largely from the older population – more than 60 per cent of
the respondents were over the age of 50.
“That says to me that if the survey had a broader age spectrum, then you’d be looking at even higher figures in favour of the legalisation of cannabis in Minnesota.”