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More Pennsylvania voters say medical marijuana should be legal

Medical marijuana is packaged for sale in one-gram packages on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, in the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle.

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Monday, March 3, 2014, 9:21 a.m.

Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana for medical use but remain split on whether personal use should be legal, a Quinnipiac University poll found.

Eighty-five percent of those polled support legalizing marijuana, compared with 14 percent who do not. Legalizing marijuana for personal use drew 48 percent in favor and 49 percent opposed.

The poll, released on Monday, showed 61 percent of voters would not be bothered by neighbors growing marijuana if it was legal.

Nearly half of those surveyed believe marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol, and 33 percent said it is less dangerous.

“Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Quinnipiac polled 1,405 registered voters from Feb. 19 to 24. The poll has an error margin of 2.6 percentage points.

The poll found Pennsylvanians support allowing same-sex couples to marry, 57 percent to 37 percent, reflecting growing support for gay marriage.

Quinnipiac surveyed voters in January 2013 and found 47 percent favored allowing same-sex marriages and 43 percent opposed it.



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