According to a recent CBS News/YouGov poll, a small majority of Americans find social cannabis use socially acceptable, with 53% of respondents stating they have no issue with open consumption. Additionally, 64% of respondents backed adult-use cannabis legalization, with 73% of Democrats, 53% of Republicans, and 66% of independents supporting the reforms.
The poll found that 67% of respondents said their opinions of family and friends would not change if they were to use cannabis, while 26% would “think worse” of them and 7% would “think better” of them. Meanwhile, 44% of cannabis consumers surveyed said most people knew about their use, while 34% said some did, some didn’t, and 22% said very few or no one knew.
In terms of having a cannabis business in their neighborhood, poll respondents were split, with 31% favoring it, 37% opposing it, and 32% saying it wouldn’t matter. Among those in favor, the majority said it would be easier to regulate, boost the local economy, and lead to more tax revenues. Among those opposed, the majority cited concerns about an increase in crime, harm to health, and the fact that cannabis is federally outlawed.