In part one I asked for readers to respond to a survey I had to conduct for my statistics class at the University of Kentucky. I chose a topic very important to me to survey and entitled it, “To end marijuana prohibition for responsible adults or not?
Recently in the world, a couple of states, jurisdictions and even countries have responsibly decriminalized or legalized marijuana, but none near Kentucky? Will it remain this way, or will Kentucky quickly follow and inspire other States to end marijuana prohibition?
I wanted to find out the statistics of support and opposition in regard to ending this prohibition, largely from the opinions of Kentucky residents; however, those from out of state were not restricted from responding to the poll. The survey first asked if you support ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults or not. Followed with how important is ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults to you (with not important as a choice). And ended with asking why you support or oppose ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults.
While my respondents varied in age, profession, and political party, my survey did not have a well or random sample as it suffered from its volunteer method of polling which caused those with the most passionate feelings about marijuana prohibition to answer. I poorly posted the survey here, on the Kentucky State Journal, but gathered many respondents from public social media outlets such as facebook and twitter.
91 American Adults had taken the survey upon its close and when asked to rate their belief on the importance of ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults on a scale from 1, not important, to 4, very important, the answers averaged very high at 3. 67. 5. 62% of the respondents feel ending this prohibition is not important and 84.27% feel it is very important.
When asked reasons of one’s support or opposition with ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults, common themes quickly appeared. The most prevalent was ending this prohibition would create better access to marijuana for those who needed it for medicine, by reducing its cost and increasing its availability. Followed by, comparing the safety and addiction level of marijuana to legal substances such as caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol. To better direct police resources and see that responsible adults are not arrested for marijuana was also a repeated answer along with I should have the freedom to make my own choice as a responsible adult, especially in regard to a relatively harmless substance like marijuana which has never killed anyone or instigated violence.
The first question of my survey again, asked American adults, with a majority of responders being from Kentucky, do you support ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults? Three out of 91 responders chose not to answer and the questions statistics came out to be 97.73% support ending marijuana prohibition with a 6.8% margin of error.
While this statistic cannot be used to correctly represent the views of all American adults, valuable information was obtained from the survey. It seems that even If one has opposition to the idea of ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults, their toleration of this change has quickly risen, probably in correlation to Colorado and Washington legalizing the sales of marijuana to adults at least 21 years of age. According to a very recent Gallup poll, 58% of Americans support legalizing marijuana, while only 39% are opposed. For historical relevance when Gallup first surveyed this question in 1969, only 12% of Americans were in favor of legalization. I believe it’s possible to conclude that legislation ending marijuana prohibition for responsible adults will gain momentum in the near future both in federal and state congresses and that Kentucky may very well may surprise and help lead the way.