Attitudes of Veterans/Active Military, Family Members of Veterans, and Non-Military Individuals on the Legalization of Marijuana and Other Substances for Recreational Use

Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 817

Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, January 2024

37 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2024

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Peter Leasure

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Jana Hrdinova

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Douglas A. Berman

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Dexter Ridgway

Ohio State University (OSU)

Date Written: January 10, 2024

Abstract

Polling has shown that, over time, public opinion favoring the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults has grown. Other research has explored public opinion on the legalization of psychedelics, and has compared perceived risks of various illegal substances (e.g., LSD versus heroin). However, little research has focused on exploring differences in perceptions across one’s veteran status. Utilizing a survey of veterans/active military, family members of veterans, and non-military individuals, we built upon the existing literature by exploring whether perceptions regarding the recreational legalization of various substances varied across veteran status. Results showed that a majority of individuals, regardless of their veteran status category, supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. The results also showed that a majority of veteran families and non-military individuals supported the legalization of recreational psychedelics (the veteran/active military support level was approximately 40%). Finally, a large majority of respondents from all veteran status categories did not support the legalization of cocaine and heroin for recreational use. Overall, these results indicate differing levels of support depending on drug type and whether one is a veteran/active military, a family member of a veteran, or non-military.

Keywords: public opinion, legalization, recreational drug use, marijuana, psychedelics, heroin, cocaine, survey, veterans, military personnel, family members of veterans, military community

Suggested Citation

Leasure, Peter and Hrdinova, Jana and Berman, Douglas A. and Ridgway, Dexter, Attitudes of Veterans/Active Military, Family Members of Veterans, and Non-Military Individuals on the Legalization of Marijuana and Other Substances for Recreational Use (January 10, 2024). Ohio State Legal Studies Research Paper No. 817, Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, January 2024, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4690552 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4690552

Peter Leasure (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Jana Hrdinova

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

55 West 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Douglas A. Berman

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law ( email )

55 West 12th Street
Columbus, OH 43210
United States
614-688-8690 (Phone)

Dexter Ridgway

Ohio State University (OSU) ( email )

Blankenship Hall-2010
901 Woody Hayes Drive
Columbus, OH OH 43210
United States

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