Poll Shows Growing Support for Marijuana Legalization Among Christians

Poll Shows Growing Support for Marijuana Legalization Among Christians

"And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good." -- Genesis 1:12

WASHINGTON, DC — A new poll released Thursday shows a growing support for marijuana legalization from Christians, including a majority of Christian youths who say “legalize it.”  The same poll also found that the majority of Americans, including those from all major religious affiliations and political parties, favor the legalization of medical marijuana.

The poll conducted by Public Religion Institute/Religion News Survey found that half of Christians polled aged 18-29 said they either “favor” or “strongly favor” marijuana legalization.  In comparison, 45% of those polled in the 50-64 age group were in favor of marijuana legalization, while only 28% of those 65 or older support marijuana legalization.

The poll also found that having previously tried marijuana – or not – was a factor in the responses. Of those who said they had previously tried marijuana, 65% were in favor of legalization. Likewise, of those polled who had never tried marijuana, 65% were opposed to marijuana legalization.

There are significant religious differences in usage of marijuana. Catholics (33%) are the only religious group surveyed that is significantly less likely than the general public to report having tried marijuana. About 4-in-10 white evangelical Protestants (40%) and white mainline Protestants (44%), along with a majorities of minority Christians (52%) and religiously unaffiliated Americans (54%) report having tried marijuana at some point in their lives.

Less than 23% of those surveyed believe that using marijuana is a sin, and only 20% believe that marijuana consumption is prohibited by the bible.

The poll found considerably more support for legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, with 63% of those who said “no” to marijuana legalization saying they would be in favor of legalizing medical marijuana to treat certain medical conditions if recommended by a doctor.  Only 19% of those polled opposed the legalization of medical marijuana.

The poll concluded that majorities of all major religious groups and political parties favor the legalization of medical marijuana.

 

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  • Bhonze

    Hey Just say now; You have to understand they’ve been lied too for so long, but when you show them the facts then some start to come around. I am 49 and a Christian and I use marijuana everyday. It is a wonderful plant.

    • PCBI

      50 here and a christian since 18. Didn’t smoke MJ for 33 years and it caught my attention this past election. Anyway, find it rather nice tho still paranoid not knowing where and what ur smoking, so there is away around that. Never thought alcohol was a problem until I said I’ll not have beers tonight, then became a real challenge. Funny, how a lifestyle of drinkn is so acceptable and MJ is still for Woodstock peeps it seems. Well, I don’t want to go become addicted to weed either, but I most likely won’t get in a bar fight or drive my car home with blackouts. What a time of ignorance we seem to live in. We humans are just messed up and need Him to wise us up again. “Stay Thirsty” sur is popular, wonder what the stoner will be saying?

  • Mike

    Bhonze,
    Good point.

    Folks should remember that we are a majoritarian cause. We got this way by being inclusive. I’ve known all types of folks that support marijuana and freedom: Christians, atheists, Buddhists, police (yep, back in the 70s, everyone thought marijuana would soon be legal), members of the armed services, little old ladies, white male rednecks, classical music lovers, your sister’s nerdy friend, etc, etc.

    You get the picture. We grow by who we include, not by who we exclude.

    Hasta la victoria siempre!

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    “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his
    kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his
    kind: and God saw that it was good.” — Genesis 1:12

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  • wht

    Alcohol is still more dangerous and causes far more problems that Cannabis ever could if the government would legalize it.

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    It is my belief, that the people who oppose marijuana the most, are probably some of the people who could benefit from it the most #Chill #LightenUp

  • Ras Ible

    If any religious group should be in favor of MMJ, it should be the Christians! Two reasons, the Bible says so and they are suppose to emulate Jesus. Jesus would not turn His back on the people.