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Poll: 2/3 of New Hampshire Voters Support Medical Marijuana

Posted on  January 21, 2013 by  News Admin

  Survey also finds 62 percent would support decriminalizing marijuana and a majority would support regulating it similarly to alcohol   More than two-thirds (68 percent) of New Hampshire voters think the state should enact a law allowing seriously ill patients to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it, according to a survey conducted this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP). Just 26 percent said they were opposed.   The poll, which is being released just as state lawmakers prepare to consider a medical marijuana bill in this year's legislative session, also found that 52 percent of voters would be more likely to vote for a state legislator if he or she voted for such legislation. Just 27 percent said they'd be less likely. "Voters in New Hampshire are more than ready to move forward with allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana if their doctors recommend it," said Matt Simon, a New Hampshire-based legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). "Allowing seriously ill patients to use marijuana to ease their pain and treat their symptoms is a lot more popular these days than threatening them with arrest and prosecution."   State Rep. Donna Schlachman (D-Exeter) has requested the filing of a medical marijuana bill to be considered in this year's legislative session, and advocates are hopeful that it will receive majority support in both the House and Senate. Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed support for passing medical marijuana legislation. A medical marijuana bill that passed with bipartisan support...

National Poll Shows Record 58% Think Marijuana Should Be Legal

Posted on  December 05, 2012 by  News Admin

  Only One-Third Would Approve of President Obama Interfering in Implementation of Colorado and Washington Ballot Measures   Marijuana will officially become legal for adults in Washington on Thursday when new law goes into effect   According to a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from November 30 to December 2, a record high 58 percent of American voters said they think marijuana should be made legal, compared to only 39 percent who do not. In addition, 50 percent of respondents said they think marijuana will become legal under federal law within the next 10 years. A strong plurality (47 percent) of respondents said they think President Obama should allow Colorado and Washington to implement the ballot measures approved by voters last month to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. Just 33 percent said they approve of President Obama using federal resources to prevent them from going into effect. Fifty-nine percent think whether or not to legalize marijuana should be left up to each individual state government to decide - including 65 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of those who oppose legalizing marijuana in general. Interestingly, though, support for the rights of states could be higher, but 46 percent of Republicans surveyed expressing support the federal government asserting its power over the states when it comes to cannabis. "The big question on everyone's mind is - how will the federal government respond to the decisive victories in Colorado and Washington?" said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the...