By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
Nearly seven out of ten Pennsylvania voters believe that marijuana should be legal for either medicinal or recreational use, according to the results of a statewide survey released by Keystone Analytics.
Sixty-nine percent of respondents said that cannabis should be made legal under state law, with 47 percent of voters endorsing its medicinal use and another 22 percent agreeing with the statement, "It should be legal for any adult to use for any reason."
Twenty-seven percent of respondents believed that cannabis "is a harmful substance that should remain illegal to buy and use in Pennsylvania."
The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.
House and Senate legislation (HB 1181/SB 1182) seeking to authorize cannabis therapy to qualified patients remains pending in the state. A Senate floor vote on the measure is expected when lawmakers return from their summer recess.
In coming months, the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association will be holding a series of educational seminars on the subject of cannabis and its potential therapeutic application. The Association is on record in support of "the establishment of efficient drug (cannabis) delivery, growing and dispensing systems as contained within SB 1182."