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Poll Finds Pennsylvanians Support Medical Marijuana

State residents are split on the idea of legalizing marijuana for recreationally use, the Quinnipiac University poll found.

Medical marijuana. (Patch file photo)
Medical marijuana. (Patch file photo)

A recent poll of Pennsylvanians found that an overwhelming majority support the legalization of medical marijuana.

The poll by Quinnipiac University found that 84 percent of state residents are support the legalization of medical marijuana, while only 14 percent are opposed to the idea.

When it comes to the legalization of recreational marijuana, the state is split, the poll found. Forty-eight percent would support legalization, while 49 percent were opposed.

Quinnipiac found that only 44 percent of the state’s voters admitted to having used marijuana. Only 49 percent of those ages 18 to 29 said they had tried the drug.

The poll also found that 49 percent of Pennsylvanians think marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol. Thirty-three percent said it is less dangerous, and 15 percent think it is more dangerous.

"Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. 

The poll was conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute from February 19 - 24. Quinnipiac surveyed 1,405 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.6 percentage points. 

What do you think about the legalization of marijuana, medicinal or otherwise? Take our poll above!

Eddy March 05, 2014 at 11:17 AM
What will police do? Joint check points to entrap?Ha ha, smoke em if you got em. Much less harmful then drinking.
Cinderabi March 05, 2014 at 01:03 PM
It's a really pretty plant, too. It is probably going to be far too expensive for most of us to purchase when it is eventually legalized, but it would be so nice to have just one little plant in the house that one could cut leaves off of and use in cooking. Like basil. I would not be inclined to smoke it myself because it took me six tries to kick the tobacco habit, which IS addictive, and I would not want to prime my mind or lungs for that disgusting drug ever again. But, like Alice B Toklas, I would love to bake it in my brownies.
Esoteric Knowledge March 05, 2014 at 01:55 PM
The anti-marijuana crowd seem to be insulating themselves from reality with synthetic ontologies that are immune to logic and reason, as they have no evidence for their claims and ignore all evidence that contradicts their statements. They seem more like preachers from the 1300s preaching hellfire and damnation if they don't get their selfish way. I'll field some of these questions for my own enjoyment because even if I win a debate, some will still be convinced of their own omniscience. "Does this approach give me the right to ignore traffic signals because I want to make my own choice?" This is a curious one, maybe the writer believes that one smoking marijuana is as much of a threat to him as people ignoring traffic signals--insightful. "Yes, you are free to make your own choices, but please don't live in community with other people." Fascinating the hypocrisy and blatant, oblivious contraction of this statement; if you banished for your choices, then you really are not free to make your own choices, are you?!...Ha-ha! "As a simple example, why do employers now have drug testing as a condition of employment, a practice formerly not needed?" Well this is an easy one; to kill a minority group.
Roger March 06, 2014 at 11:30 AM
We still await answers to questions posted earlier. Making sport and being entertained while mocking questions does not provide answers. [p] Why do we as a nation impose heath rules, and yet promote unhealthy habits of using mind-altering substances? Even the White House does not get the story straight. One one side, the notion of using MJ is found to be fine, but on the other side, the promotions have come, are coming, and probably will come, to promote healthy eating, AND imposing dietary restrictions on institutions, such as public schools. Which is it, ... unhealthy habits, or heathy habits? [p] I've read above, as well as other places, "legalize and tax the h*** out of it." I guess these folks have not read the responses in Colorado. The "taxing the h*** out of it" has promoted black market sales that skirt the taxing agencies. [p] As a side question, why would anybody buy through channels that include a tax? Remember, MJ is one crop that is independent of climate, geographical soil, inside/outside, season, or ???? MJ is unique in this regard. Why won't Uncle Charlie tirn his vegatable garden into an MJ garden, and sell on the side, around the taxing agencies? Why would a user buy from a dealer wlhen Uncle Charlie can make $$$ on the side. Please, no need to tell us "that is illegal." The MJ crowd is not one known for abiding by laws, so this would be no different. [p] People have talked about all the money the state of Colorado is co llecting in taxes. Really? Where is all the money being spent by consumers going? Vaults. The banks won't take it, when it smells like MJ. Attempts to cover the MJ odor with perfume have also been sniffed out (pun intended). The banks have much to loose to take tainted money, money collected by a Federal declared illegal substance. I've talked with some local bankers and asked them if they would risk their credentials to deal with MJ cash. "NO.... why take the risk?" [p] To take the issue one step further, why would the state expect to collect taxes on an all-cash business? Why do people run all-cash businesses? Again, no need to tell us about "illegal," because the MJ crowd has not been known for abiding by laws before. [p] The major question that remains unanswered: Why do people choose to use recreational MJ?
Eddy March 06, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Rodger, ever hear of cliff notes?

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