When it comes to marijuana laws, Virginia is lagging behind and really doesn’t seem to be making any effort to catch up. But a recent poll from the Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) suggests residents are ready for some change—signaling that the majority of Virginians support medical marijuana.
“Of the 1,001 state residents surveyed Sept. 25-29, 71 percent said that the use of medical marijuana with a prescription should be legalized, with 23 percent believing that it should remain illegal and the rest were unsure,” according to a press release from the University of Mary Washington, who sponsored the poll.
Age definitely had something to do with the positive responses. While only 53% of those age 65 and older favored medical pot, 71% in the 45-54 age group, 73% of the 30-44 age group, and a whopping 84% of those ages 18-30 said they supported the legalization of medical marijuana.
The findings of the survey were a surprise, as our state has a relatively conservative base. While differences in marijuana opinions are expected in different age demographics, the fact that more than half of the oldest population still supported medical marijuana is a nice surprise.
Virginia has not taken any steps to create a medical marijuana system. In other states, patients are able to purchase and even grow marijuana to treat a variety of ailments. In locales like Colorado and Washington, they are able to possess marijuana for recreational use as well.
Attitudes about marijuana may be changing, but our state is moving noticeably slower than others. The Bullet says changes in popular opinion about marijuana are due in part to the changing population. More liberally-minded people are moving to the state as it is a hub for economic opportunity and federal and military workers who need to be near D.C.
Make no mistake, despite public opinion shifting in regards to marijuana, law enforcement in the state will still seek out people who violate current marijuana laws and prosecute them accordingly.
Whether you smoke for recreation or for a medical condition, you can be charged with marijuana crimes. Likewise, if you are found with a significant amount, you could face more serious charges of possession with intent to distribute or even trafficking.
If you’re accused of a marijuana offense, contact our offices today to discuss your case and how we might be able to help.