April 1, 2014

Poll: Overwhelming Majority Support For Medical Marijuana In Virginia

April 1, 2014
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virginia medical marijuanaA poll was released yesterday, which showed huge support for bringing medical marijuana to Virginia. Week after week, poll after poll shows the same thing – it’s time to legalize medical marijuana nationwide. Hopefully when Virginia does finally legalize medical marijuana, there will be safe access points, home cultivation provisions, and the whole plant will be legalized. CBD-only legislation is not true medical marijuana reform. Below are results from the poll, released by Quinnipiac University:

Virginia voters support medical marijuana by an overwhelming 84 – 13 percent, but support for recreational marijuana is divided, with a large generation gap and a smaller gender gap, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for medical marijuana ranges from 75 – 21 percent among Republicans to 92 – 6 percent among Democrats and from 81 – 17 percent among voters over 65 years old to 90 – 9 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

Support for legalizing marijuana for personal use is 46 percent, with 48 percent opposed. Democrats support the measure 58 – 35 percent, with Republicans opposed 68 – 27 percent and independent voters divided 47 – 47 percent. Men support it 52 – 43 percent while women oppose it 51 – 42 percent. Voters 18 to 29 years old support legalizing marijuana for personal use 71 – 26 percent, with support dropping through the age groups. Voters over 65 years old are opposed 66 – 24 percent.

Only 39 percent of Virginia voters, including 46 percent of voters under 30 years old, admit that they ever have tried marijuana.

Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 47 percent of Virginia voters say, while 36 percent say it is less dangerous and 14 percent say it is more dangerous. Marijuana use does not lead to use of other drugs, voters say 51 – 41 percent.

If marijuana use were legal in Virginia, 62 percent of voters say it would not bother them if neighbors grew marijuana in their home. Republicans and voters over 65 years old are the only listed groups who say they would be bothered.

A total of 82 percent of voters say they would be “somewhat uncomfortable” or “very uncomfortable” riding in a car driven by someone who has smoked a moderate amount of marijuana. The discomfort level is 58 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old and higher for other groups. Same-Sex Marriage


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