A vast majority of Pennsylvanians favor legal medical marijuana according to a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll.
The survey found that 84% of registered voters in Pennsylvania have no problem with an adult using medical marijuana if recommended by their doctor. This comes after a bill has been formed and sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee to legalize medical marijuana for the “seriously ill.”
Of those that support medical marijuana, a majority (59%) strongly favor its use while only 12% of respondents are opposed.
Unfortunately for marijuana proponents, however, the support of medical marijuana in PA has yet to transfer to significant support for legalization. Just 35% favor legalization while 57% are opposed.
Balancing the Budget
Additionally, when it comes to budgetary issues, 39% of voters want the state government to cut spending and raise taxes in order to balance the budget.
Meanwhile, three in ten (30%) of Pennsylvanians want to see spending cuts to state programs and services in order to balance the budget. Just 12% support only an increase in taxes.
This information comes in the midst of the budget battle in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Corbett refused to sign the budget passed by the state legislature because it did not include significant pension reform.
The poll included interviews with 502 Pennsylvania voters by Franklin & Marshall College from January 23rd to June 29th. The survey’s margin of error is plus-minus 4.4%.
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Only 35% in favor of legalization?! PA still hasn’t shaken its puritan schoolmarm tendencies. Tax money, jobs, lower crime… What’s not to like? The sky hasn’t fallen in yet in Colorado