March 30, 2022


CPEAR Polling Finds 70 Percent of Voters Support Federal Cannabis Reform 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) released original polling showing an overwhelming majority (70 percent) of voters support federal cannabis reform to end the federal prohibition on cannabis for adult-use. Additionally, 67 percent of voters nationwide support ending prohibition at the federal level and allowing individual states to decide whether cannabis will be legal in their state.

“This polling confirms what we already know – cannabis reform is here, and the American public overwhelmingly supports ending its prohibition,” said Andrew Freedman, CPEAR executive director. “Republicans and Democrats agree – states should be allowed to determine the status of their own cannabis laws. We are encouraged to find such a unified voice and look forward to our continued work with policymakers to advance the conversation about a federal framework rooted in science and data.”

Polling in recent years has shown growing majorities in support of reforming U.S. cannabis laws. In the February poll, 70 percent of voters nationally support federal cannabis reform (43 percent strongly support), with just 23 percent opposed (11 percent strongly oppose).

  • Importantly, support for ending the federal prohibition on adult-use cannabis extends across party lines, including 58 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats, and 70 percent of independents.
  • Support is also strong across all major demographic groups, including age (73 percent support among ages 21-29, 83 percent among ages 30-44, 69 percent among 45-64, 56 percent among 65+), gender (69 percent among men, 71 percent among women), and race/ethnicity (68 percent among white voters, 81 percent among Black voters, and 75 percent among Hispanic voters).

On behalf of the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR), FTP Insights conducted an online survey of N=1,000 registered voters age 21+ nationwide with an oversample of N=100 Republicans. The survey was conducted between February 3rd and February 9th, 2022. The margin of error for N=1,000 is +/- 3.53% at the 95 percent confidence interval.

Click here to see the polling results.


About the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation 

A 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation (CPEAR) works to advance comprehensive policy solutions for cannabis regulation. The Coalition strives to be a trusted, science-driven resource for lawmakers and the larger stakeholder community, developing responsible policies that protect consumers and patients, prevent underage use, uphold public health and safety, and promote social equity. Comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, the Coalition brings unique perspectives to the table to thoughtfully address what a federally regulated cannabis industry should look like. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter.