March 26, 2024


CPEAR Polling Reveals Strong Voter Support for Cannabis States’ Rights Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Coalition for Cannabis Policy, Education, and Regulation released new polling from Missouri, Ohio, and Wyoming showing broad voter support for the STATES Act. The polling surveyed likely voters aged 21+ from each state and underscored voters’ clear preference for states to determine their cannabis policies.

“The polling speaks for itself,” said Andrew Freedman, CPEAR executive director. “In three key GOP constituencies, voters prioritize states’ rights and the ability to enact policies that align with their interest. Through the STATES Act, voters find commonsense and practical policies allowing states to choose their cannabis policies while not committing a federal crime. Congress needs to heed the will of the people and pass this bipartisan legislation now.”

Key highlights from the polling in all three states include:

  • The STATES Act is supported by 72% of Wyoming voters, 67% of Missouri voters, 61% of Ohio voters; and
  • In Wyoming (a prohibition state), a majority of all voters and a majority of Republican voters would be more likely to vote for a Congressional candidate who supports the STATES Act; and
  • Over 60% of Republicans in Missouri, Ohio, and Wyoming support the STATES Act.

These results show that the STATES Act resonates with voters on two fronts: commonsense regulation and states’ rights. The bipartisan STATES Act provides a way to establish guardrails to protect our youth, protect our roads, battle against addiction and psychosis, and keep cannabis out of communities that do not want it. CPEAR’s polling also demonstrates that Republican lawmakers can meaningfully work on this issue while reaffirming their support for conservative values and supporting necessary federal guardrails.

Read more on the polling here.


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 legalization and regulation. The Coalition strives to be a trusted, science-driven resource for lawmakers and the larger stakeholder community, developing responsible policies that provide access to cannabis while protecting consumers and patients, barring underage use, upholding public health and safety, and promoting social equity. Comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, the Coalition brings unique perspectives to the table to thoughtfully address what a national, legal cannabis industry should look like. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter.