Power Poll: About 88% of people surveyed support legalizing marijuana in some form across Tennessee

In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. With nine research grants announced Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, the U.S. government will spend $3 million to find out if marijuana can relieve pain, but none of the money will be used to study the part of the plant that gets people high. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

A majority of community leaders in Chattanooga and other large cities around the state support the legalization of marijuana in some form.

According to a new Power Poll, 49% of people in Chattanooga who responded to the survey said that marijuana should be legal for medicinal purposes, while 40% agreed that it should be legal for medicinal and recreational use.

Only 11% of respondents said that it should be illegal.

Statewide, about 47% of people who participated in the survey support the legalization of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use.

Another 41% agreed that it should be legalized for medicinal use.

Only an average of 12% agreed that marijuana should remain illegal in Tennessee.

Marijuana is illegal for all purposes in Tennessee, but the shift to legalization is slowly happening in the Volunteer State, where lawmakers have tried recently to have Tennessee join 33 other states that have legalized marijuana in some form.