A new poll commissioned by The Marijuana Policy Project shows very broad-based support for medical marijuana laws among Americans, with 74% supporting medicinal cannabis. MPP sent out a press release earlier today detailing the poll’s findings.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a just-released poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, three quarters of American voters (74%) want the Obama administration to respect individual state medical marijuana laws. The nationwide poll of 1000 registered likely voters was conducted May 7 to 11, 2012, and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project. The poll informed voters that medical marijuana is legal with a doctor’s recommendation in 16 states as well as the District of Columbia, and in some of those states it is legal for licensed and tightly regulated individuals to grow and sell marijuana to qualifying patients. Respondents were then asked if President Obama should respect the medical marijuana laws in these states, or continue to use federal resources to arrest and prosecute individuals who are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

“These results are consistent with the clear and growing body of evidence that documents substantial voter support for the legalization of medical marijuana,” said Larry Harris, a principal with Mason-Dixon Polling & Research.

Support for keeping the federal government out of state medical marijuana issues was universal across all demographics. With respect to political affiliation, 75% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans, and, notably 79% of Independents said that President Obama should respect state medical marijuana laws. Even among the least supportive group (those identified as over 65 years of age), 64% were in favor of respecting state law.

“The results of this survey demonstrate that there is virtually no support in the country for the Obama administration’s crackdown on state medical marijuana laws,” said Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Across all demographic and ideological groups, the American people strongly believe the president should respect state medical marijuana laws, as he promised he would when he campaigned to be president. It is clearly time for President Obama to stand up to the members of his administration who are carrying out the morally wrong and politically unpopular policy of denying patients safe access to this beneficial medicine.”

The full poll and demographic breakdown can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/Kx0zu4

If even 67% of Republicans support medical marijuana, what exactly is holding up progress? While strides have obviously been made, things would be moving much faster for patients if the federal government wasn’t cracking down.

Politicians must be made to feel these poll numbers, through phone calls and emails and votes. Be sure your representatives and Senators know how you feel.

– Joe Klare