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Connecticut Shows Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana and Decriminalization – Change in Law Could Come Soon

An Overwhelming majority of Connecticut voters support both legalizing medical marijuana and the decriminalization of possession of small amounts,  according to a recent Quinnipiac poll.

There is a proposal in the state legislature that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Low-level marijuana users would be punished with a fine, instead of a criminal charge. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

65% good idea
32 Bad idea

There is a proposal in the state legislature that would allow adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?

79% good idea
17 Bad idea

While support for both medical marijuana and decriminalization was strongest among young people, and Democratic support for the changes was remarkably strong across the board, a majority of Republicans, Independents, and every age group in the poll thought the legal changes would be a good idea.

This poll should be a helpful boost to Governor Dan Malloy (D), who is actively pushing both to legalize medical marijuana and reduce the penalty for minor cannabis possession to a small fine. With a state legislature also controlled by Democrats, there is a good chance both reforms will happen during Malloy’s first term.

Unfortunately, Quinnipiac didn’t ask voters how they felt about actually legalizing and regulating marijuana, but given the strong support for decriminalization and the overall national trend on legalization, I wouldn’t be surprised if there was already majority support for such a move in Connecticut.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at