Blog: Poll examines Republican South Carolina voter support of cannabis reform – Financial Regulation News – Financial Regulation News

Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) poll results maintain that 59 percent of Republican South Carolina voters support federal cannabis reform.

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The cannabis legalization and regulation advocacy non-profit organization conducted the polling from Oct. 17 to Oct. 30, 2022, to garner insight regarding Republican federal cannabis reform support in key states.

“Republicans have an opportunity to lead on the issue of cannabis reform,” CPEAR Executive Director Andrew Freedman said. “GOP states across the country are increasingly becoming effective policy laboratories for how to regulate cannabis while making gains to limit youth use and provide a common sense, science-based framework for effective law enforcement. This market isn’t going away – in fact, it seems to expand to new states every election cycle. This poll underpins how cannabis can be a winning issue for policymakers, veterans, states’ rights proponents, and constitutional conservatives.”

Currently, 21 states and territories have legalized adult-use cannabis, and 37 states and territories have legalized cannabis for medical use.

According to CPEAR, the poll results also indicated that 69 percent of Republican voters believe federal cannabis reform is an issue states should be allowed to decide; 51 percent of Republican respondents expressed that the federal prohibition of cannabis for adult use will limit the size of the federal government, protect states’ rights and respect individual choice; and 43 percent of South Carolina, Republican voters would vote for a candidate in support of cannabis legislation.

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