When marijuana legalization inevitably happens in New York, it will be a significant victory for the rest of the country. New York is a massive state, and it's media reach is even larger. I've always looked at states legalizing like dominoes, and when the New York domino falls, it will result in a cascade of other state dominoes falling too.
A poll came out today that shows majority support for legalizing marijuana in New York. Results of the Quinnipiac poll also showed MASSIVE support for medical marijuana in New York. Details from the poll are as follows:
- New York State voters support 88 - 9 percent the legalization of medical marijuana, with overwhelming support from every group, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
- Voters also support 57 - 39 percent the legalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
- There is a gender gap and a larger generation gap on the question of non-medical marijuana. Support is 63 - 33 percent among men and 51 - 44 percent among women. Support is 83 - 14 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old, with voters over 65 years old opposed 57 - 38 percent. Support is 65 - 32 percent among Democrats and 58 - 37 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 55 - 39 percent.
- New York State voters are divided on their own use of marijuana, as 46 percent say they've tried it and 51 percent deny they have. Women deny trying marijuana 58 - 39 percent, while men admit trying it 54 - 43 percent. Voters 18 to 29 percent admit lighting up 55 - 42 percent while voters over 65 years old deny it 69 - 28 percent.
- Use of marijuana does not lead to use of other drugs, New York State voters say 52 - 41 percent. Men say no 57 - 36 percent, while women are divided with 46 percent saying yes and 47 percent saying no.
- Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 45 percent of voters say, while 36 percent say it's less dangerous than alcohol and 13 percent say more dangerous.