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America’s most and least marijuana-friendly states

  • MSN Polling: America’s most and least marijuana-friendly states

    With medical marijuana now legal in 29 states plus Washington D.C., and eight allowing recreational usage, the conflict between state and federal positions on marijuana usage has become an increasingly mainstream and polarizing issue across America.

    To gain deeper insight into how the perception of marijuana varies across the United States, MSN polled over 700,000 readers on their personal views towards marijuana. The five questions covered material ranging from personal experimentation with the drug to how dangerous users believe marijuana to be.

    The results show a considerable disparity in some categories and near-consensus in others. The most polarizing question proved to be whether adult recreational marijuana should be legal, with 75% or more of Hawaii and Washington, D.C. indicating it should be allowed, compared to a mere 48% and 44% of Alabama and North Dakota respectively—a divide near 30%. However, there was evident solidarity when asked whether prescribed medical marijuana usage should be allowed, as between 90%-97% of users in all states answered “Yes.”

    Meanwhile, questions on whether the federal government should challenge state laws around recreational marijuana reinforce the growing divide on public opinion between state and federal rights, seen across issues including immigration, energy, and tax policy.

    Using the full MSN Polling dataset, Stacker compiled a "Marijuana-friendliness index" that represents each state's favorability towards marijuana. This metric was compiled by comparing state polling to national results, evaluating how far a state fell above or below national averages for each question asked and applying a variance-based indexation. The results offer a unique look into how open the residents of each state are to marijuana usage, sales, and legality.

    Check out the slideshow above to see the full national results and state rankings from least to most-friendly towards marijuana positions.

    MSN Poll results are analyzed to represent the U.S. adult population or specific sub-demographics. MSN describes the U.S. adult population by thousands of combinations of age, gender, education, location and several other demographics. MSN takes the raw polling data and models how demographic groups answered each question, and then projects those answers onto the true distribution of the demographic groups. The method was tested in the 2016 election and proven to be as accurate as other polling methods -- more details can be found here.

  • National results

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 62%; No - 38%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 12%; Somewhat dangerous - 29%; Not very dangerous - 32%; Not dangerous at all - 24%; Not Sure - 4%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 93%; No - 5%; I'm not sure - 2%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 62%; No - 32%; I'm not sure - 6%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 32%; No - 62%; I'm not sure - 6%

  • #51. North Dakota

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 0.00

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 54%; No - 46%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 17%; Somewhat dangerous - 38%; Not very dangerous - 25%; Not dangerous at all - 14%; Not Sure - 8%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 90%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 44%; No - 50%; I'm not sure - 6%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 48%; No - 46%; I'm not sure - 7%

  • #50. Alabama

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 9.96

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 55%; No - 45%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 17%; Somewhat dangerous - 32%; Not very dangerous - 25%; Not dangerous at all - 18%; Not Sure - 8%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 91%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 48%; No - 47%; I'm not sure - 5%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 46%; No - 47%; I'm not sure - 7%

  • #49. Mississippi

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 12.94

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 56%; No - 44%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 17%; Somewhat dangerous - 32%; Not very dangerous - 26%; Not dangerous at all - 17%; Not Sure - 8%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 91%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 49%; No - 46%; I'm not sure - 5%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 45%; No - 48%; I'm not sure - 7%

  • #48. Missouri

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 22.09

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 56%; No - 44%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 14%; Somewhat dangerous - 34%; Not very dangerous - 28%; Not dangerous at all - 18%; Not Sure - 6%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 91%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 51%; No - 43%; I'm not sure - 6%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 41%; No - 53%; I'm not sure - 6%

  • #47. Tennessee

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 24.28

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 57%; No - 43%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 16%; Somewhat dangerous - 30%; Not very dangerous - 27%; Not dangerous at all - 20%; Not Sure - 7%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 92%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 53%; No - 42%; I'm not sure - 5%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 42%; No - 52%; I'm not sure - 7%

  • #46. Wyoming

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 24.82

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 61%; No - 39%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 16%; Somewhat dangerous - 34%; Not very dangerous - 27%; Not dangerous at all - 18%; Not Sure - 6%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 91%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 2%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 53%; No - 42%; I'm not sure - 5%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 41%; No - 54%; I'm not sure - 5%

  • #45. Kansas

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 27.82

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 57%; No - 43%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 14%; Somewhat dangerous - 33%; Not very dangerous - 29%; Not dangerous at all - 19%; Not Sure - 6%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 92%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 53%; No - 41%; I'm not sure - 6%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 39%; No - 55%; I'm not sure - 6%

  • #44. Arkansas

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 29.74

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 58%; No - 42%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 14%; Somewhat dangerous - 30%; Not very dangerous - 27%; Not dangerous at all - 21%; Not Sure - 7%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 92%; No - 6%; I'm not sure - 2%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 55%; No - 40%; I'm not sure - 6%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 40%; No - 54%; I'm not sure - 6%

  • #43. South Dakota

    Marijuana-friendliness index: 31.35

    Have you ever tried marijuana? Yes - 57%; No - 43%

    How dangerous do you believe marijuana is? Very dangerous - 13%; Somewhat dangerous - 33%; Not very dangerous - 30%; Not dangerous at all - 19%; Not Sure - 6%

    Should adults be able to take marijuana for medical purposes if prescribed by a doctor? Yes - 92%; No - 5%; I'm not sure - 3%

    Should recreational marijuana use be legal for adults? Yes - 54%; No - 40%; I'm not sure - 6%

    Should the federal government challenge state laws that allow recreational marijuana use? Yes - 38%; No - 56%; I'm not sure - 6%

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