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The People of New Hampshire Overwhelmingly Support Medical Marijuana


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The people of New Hampshire want medical marijuana legalized by their state government. According to the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, an incredible 79 percent of adults in New Hampshire support medical marijuana while only 14 percent oppose the idea.

The poll found medical marijuana has majority support among all age brackets, regions, partisan groups, and ideological leanings. Even conservatives and senior citizens, the two groups that tend to be the most opposed to marijuana reform, overwhelmingly back the idea.

Hopefully the fact that the people New Hampshire so strongly support medical marijuana will spur the state legislature to move quickly on the issue this year. The legislature passed a medical marijuana bill last year but it was vetoed by then-Gov. John Lynch (D). Now that Lynch has been replaced by the pro-medical marijuana Gov. Margaret Hassan (D), the chances of a medical marijuana law being adopted soon look bright.

The poll also asked about legalizing marijuana for recreational use and found a plurality support for the change. 48 percent of the state supports fully legalizing cannabis, while 45 percent oppose legalization. Not surprisingly there was a big age divide on the issue with a majority of all adults under the age of 65 in support of legalization, but a majority of senior citizens opposed. The natural demographic turnover ensures support for legalization will grow in the coming years.

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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