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PA Voters Support Medical Marijuana

This information is from a poll that Quinipiac University did about potential voters opinions on marijuana in PA.  Take a look and see what you think.

Pennsylvania voters support the legalization of medical marijuana use 85 – 14 percent, with support at 78 percent or higher among every partisan, gender and age group, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Even voters over 65 years old support medical marijuana 84 – 14 percent.
Voters are divided, however, on the legalization of possession of “small amounts of marijuana for personal use,” the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. While 48 percent support legalization of so-called recreational use of marijuana, 49 percent are opposed.
There are wide gender, partisan and age differences:
  • Men support recreational use 55 – 42 percent, while women are opposed 54 – 42 percent;
  • Support is 58 – 39 percent among Democrats and 53 – 44 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 66 – 31 percent;
  • Voters 18 to 29 years old support it 64 – 34 percent, with voters over 65 opposed 66 – 29 percent.
Only 44 percent of Pennsylvania voters, including 49 percent of those 18 to 29 years old, admit that they have tried marijuana.
Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 49 percent of Pennsylvania voters say, while 33 percent say it is less dangerous and 15 percent say it is more dangerous.
“Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Voters are divided on whether marijuana use leads to the use of other drugs as 46 percent say it does and 48 percent say it does not.
Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana use is bad for the state’s national image, Pennsylvania voters say 48 – 35 percent.
If marijuana is legalized in Pennsylvania, 61 percent of voters say it would not bother them if a neighbor grew marijuana in their home. Among voters 18 to 29 years old, 75 percent say they would not be bothered. Among voters over 65 years old, 54 percent would be bothered.
A total of 84 percent of voters say they would be “somewhat uncomfortable” or “very uncomfortable” riding in a car driven by someone who has smoked or consumed a moderate amount of marijuana.
“A lot of Pennsylvanians say it’s OK to smoke pot, but they have no interest in driving with you if you do,” Malloy said.
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