Castleton poll shows support for marijuana legalization
A recent Castleton Polling Institute survey found that 54 percent of Vermonters support legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana use.
That’s consistent with a poll conducted for the Marijuana Policy Project in 2014 that asked a similar question. That poll showed that respondents favored regulating marijuana similarly to alcohol, 57 percent to 34 percent.
The new Castleton survey, which reached 700 Vermonters using landlines and cellphones, was conducted Feb. 9-24. The poll was taken at the same time as a VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey, but the just-released results are from additional questions posed by Castleton.
Respondents in the recent poll were asked: “Two states — Washington and Colorado — have legalized and regulated marijuana for recreational use. Do you support or oppose passing a similar law in Vermont to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use?”
Of those surveyed, 54 percent supported the idea with 40 percent opposed. Six percent had no opinion.