As Louisiana lawmakers continue to advance a variety of marijuana reform bills, two new polls—including one personally commissioned by a top Republican lawmaker—show that a majority of voters are in favor of the broadest proposal: legalizing cannabis for adult use.
The first survey, released on Thursday by the University of New Orleans (UNO), found that 55 percent of state voters back legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 36 percent who oppose the policy.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Pro Tempore Tanner Magee (R) said on Friday that he paid to have a cannabis poll conducted in his own district.
“With all the discussion on marijuana legalization, I thought it was important to learn where my constituents were on the issue before we vote,” he said in a Twitter post.
The results show overwhelming support for legalization, with 75 percent of people in Magee’s district backing legalizing cannabis. That includes 73 percent of Republicans, he said.
With all the discussion on marijuana legalization, I thought it was important to learn where my constituents were on the issue before we vote so I commissioned an independent poll of my district.
75% (73% of R’s) favor legalization in District 53. #lalege @WinWithJMC
— Tanner Magee (@TannerDMagee) April 30, 2021
Other than pulling out the support of GOP voters, the lawmaker didn’t provide any other demographic breakdowns and he didn’t reveal details about the survey’s methodology.