Quinnipiac Poll: PA Wants Marijuana

marijuana_leafA majority of Pennsylvanians now support legalizing small amounts of recreational marijuana according to a new poll released by Quinnipiac University.

This marks a decided shift for Pennsylvanians. A survey from October of 2015 by the same firm had Pennsylvanians divided over the issue. According to Quinnipiac, support for recreational marijuana has jumped from 47% in 2015 to 57% today.

Only two demographic groups broken down by the poll did not have majorities backing legalization, Republicans and those over the age of 65.

Two-thirds of Democrats back legalization along with 61% of independents. 18-34 year olds backed the measure by the largest margin with over 80% supporting legalization.

Pennsylvania just legalized medical marijuana less than a month ago becoming the 24th state to do so. Only four states and Washington DC currently allow the sale of recreational marijuana.

This survey was conducted by Quinnipiac University using live interviewers calling land lines and cell phones from April 27th and May 8th. They contacted 1,077 voters. The margin of error is +/- 3%.

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  3. What if Trump comes out in favor of legalization? That would help him in Colorado as it relates to how they do business with federal regulations. Hillary said during the primary she is still waiting on more research while trump was never asked I believe.

  4. Jill Stein has been calling for legalization for almost as long as her Green Party has, for the #BernOrBust lefties who can’t stomach a vote for a Libertarian.

    But Shawn is correct that Libertarians have as well. In fact, most indies and third parties have long called for it, and as Isaac says, there is large and growing (although I doubt majority) support among PA Dems.

    During the 2012 debates, All four participants said they would reduce the military and the drug war, with three promising to end the drug war, and a ton more that most of us care about, but typical Dem and GOP candidates won’t touch with a ten foot pole:

    https://steventodd.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/bush-and-clinton-are-fine-no-really/

    You just wouldn’t know it if you get all your news from corporate lame stream media. So…don’t do that.

  5. I suspect many of the #NeverTrump crowd may support Gary Johnson in November, but I don’t know of much success the Libertarian Party has had in state level politics in the Commonwealth. The biggest roadblock to marijuana legalization has been and continues to be the Republican majorities – they were the ones who held up medical marijuana legislation for years in spite of near universal support among Pennsylvanians. Gov. Wolf has called for marijuana decriminalization repeatedly and you’ll find wide support for decriminalization and legalization among the Democratic caucuses.

  6. November 8 th many voters can elect Libertarians who will end the war on Cannabis. America’s 3 Rd largest political party with more elected & appointed reps than all third parties combined.

  7. For what it’s worth, the only candidate at any level of office with the guts to campaign on full legalization in our recent primary season was John Fetterman. Hope he’s back soon.

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