Commentary: COVID-19 pandemic response elevates cannabis to mainstream | CalMatters

  • Thirty-three states and Washington, D.C., regulate medical cannabis for qualified patients, and 94 million Americans reside in a jurisdiction where the possession and use of cannabis by adults is state-regulated.
  • National polling finds that 93 percent of citizens approve of the use of medical cannabis when it is authorized by a doctor, and 68 percent of Americans including majorities of Democrats, independents and Republicans believe that marijuana ought to be legal for all adults.
  • Overall, some one in seven adults self-identify as cannabis consumers.
  • In California, at least 5% of adults acknowledge using cannabis to treat symptoms of a medical condition.

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