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Earlier this month, both the Connecticut State Senate and House of Representatives approved SB 1014, a bill that would decriminalize minor possession of marijuana. Now newly released Quinnipiac polling taken immediately after the state legislature approved the bill shows the voters of the state overwhelmingly support the move by a margin of two-to-one. From Quinnipiac:

Voters also support 66 – 31 percent a law to de-criminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Support is 77 – 21 percent among Democrats, 49 – 45 percent among Republicans and 66 – 31 percent among independent voters. Support is slightly stronger among men, 69 – 28 percent, than among women, 64 – 33 percent.

There is a clear message in this poll for local and national politicians all across the country: Decriminalizing marijuana is not controversial.

Most American people support reducing the penalties for minor marijuana infractions. The American people don’t think harsh punishments for possessing a small amount of marijuana is either good policy or a smart use of government resources.

If politicians pass more sensible laws, the public will support it.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

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 http://pendinghorizon.com