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82 Percent of New York Voters Support Medical Marijuana

Basically everyone in New York supports the idea of allowing seriously ill people to use medical marijuana if recommended by their doctor. According to a new Siena Research poll an incredible 82 percent of registered voters in New York support medical marijuana, while only 15 percent of voters in the state oppose the idea.

The poll found supermajority support for medical marijuana in New York across the board. Every age range, partisan group, income bracket, ethnicity, and region overwhelmingly thinks sick people should be allowed to use medical marijuana if their physician believes it would help them. There is effectively no significant group in the state that opposes it.

It is a rare issue with complete bipartisan support. The poll found 81 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Republicans think medical marijuana should be legal.

Currently, there are proposed bills pending in both the Assembly (A06357) and Senate (S04406) to adopt medical marijuana. If the legislature actually listens to the will of the electorate they would approve the bills.

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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