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Poll: New Yorkers Overwhelmingly Support Medical Marijuana

Mayor Michael “it’s a hoax” Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might think medical marijuana is the “one of the great hoaxes of all time,” but he only represents a fringe minority in his state. A new Quinnipiac poll finds that the voters of New York overwhelmingly think medical marijuana is a good idea which should be legalized by the state legislature.

According to the poll, 70 percent of voters in the state think it should be legal for patients to use marijuana for medical purposed if it is prescribed by their doctor. Only 26 percent of the state share Bloomberg’s opinion that medical marijuana is a bad idea.

There is majority support for medical marijuana among all age groups, income brackets, and regions of the state. The poll found 58 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of older voters think it would be a good idea for the state legislature to approve medical marijuana. These are the two groups who tend to be most opposed to any marijuana-related reforms, yet even they overwhelmingly support giving sick people legal access to medical marijuana.

Earlier this week the New York Assembly overwhelming approved AB 6357, which would legalize medical marijuana. The bill now moves on to the state senate where it faces a tough challenge. If the senators of New York are listening to their constituents, they would move quickly to approve the bill.

Photo by Robert Huffstutter under Creative Commons license

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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 http://pendinghorizon.com

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