Iowa Poll: Medical marijuana draws 78 percent support

More than three-quarters of Iowans now favor allowing people to use marijuana as medicine, but most remain opposed to legalizing it for recreation, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.

Iowans have steadily become more comfortable with the use of medical marijuana, which now is supported by 78 percent of the state’s adults, according to the  Iowa Poll. That is up from 58 percent in 2013.

But most Iowans continue to oppose allowing people to smoke or eat marijuana for recreational purposes. Just 34 percent of adults favor that idea, up 5 percentage points from 2013, the poll shows.

The poll’s results come as state legislators consider expanding Iowa’s tiny medical-marijuana program.

Poll participant Larry Brown, 78, of Albia, is one of many Iowans who favor legalizing marijuana products for medical uses, but not for fun. Brown thinks society has plenty of problems with alcohol and doesn’t need to add recreational...

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