Big Majority Of Connecticut Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds

Big Majority Of Connecticut Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds

Voters in Connecticut overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana, a new Quinnipiac University survey shows.

Overall, support for ending cannabis prohibition clocks in at 59 percent for to 36 percent against.

There is majority support for legalization in nearly every demographic, including Democrats, Republicans, independents, men, women, whites and nonwhites. Only people over 65 years of age are in opposition.

Outgoing Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) does not support legalization, but Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont does. Republican candidate Bob Stefanowski says more research is needed before the state ends cannabis prohibition.

Lamont leads Sefanowski 53 percent to 37 percent in the new survey.

The Connecticut polling results are similar to those of other surveys released this week that found strong majority voter support for legalizing marijuana in New Jersey and Wisconsin.

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Big Majority Of Connecticut Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds

Poll: Huge Majority Of Wisconsin Voters Want Marijuana Legalized

Poll: Huge Majority Of Wisconsin Voters Want Marijuana Legalized

A steadily growing majority of voters in Wisconsin say they want marijuana to be “fully legalized and regulated like alcohol,” according to a new poll.

Wisconsin is lagging behind other states in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions in advancing marijuana policy reform. Unlike nearby Illinois and Minnesota, the state does not have medical cannabis beyond an extremely limited CBD program.

And even simple possession of marijuana is punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

This lack of progress isn’t because voters are unwilling.

Sixty-one percent of voters said they want marijuana prohibition to be replaced with legal regulations, according to a new poll Marquette University Law School released on Wednesday, compared to 36 percent who said they were opposed.

That’s a slight increase from 2016, the last time the question was asked, when 59 percent said they supported legalization and 39 percent were opposed.

These results are consistent with other surveys, including national polling conducted by Pew and Gallup, which also find marijuana legalization popular with a majority of Americans. A separate poll in New Jersey, also published on Wednesday, showed majority support for legal cannabis in that state.

The Wisconsin results also show that voters there continue to warm to the idea despite intransigence from Gov. Scott Walker (R), who has called marijuana a gateway drug and who has voiced support for drug-testing recipients of government benefits.

The majority of marijuana consumers do not move on to use other, harder drugs, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has found.

The new survey also shows that marijuana legalization is slightly more popular among men than women, and far more popular among Democrats than Republicans.

Sixty-two percent of men said they favored legalization, compared to 53 percent of women.

And 62 percent of Republicans want to keep marijuana illegal, while 76 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of independents said they favored legalization.

Ending prohibition was most popular among voters ages 30 to 44. Seventy-three percent of those respondents said they favored legalization, with 68 percent of voters aged 18 to 29 and 61 percent of voters aged 45 to 59.

Marijuana legalization proved least popular among older voters and among religious voters, according to the poll.

The results may bode well for Tony Evers, the Democratic challenger to Walker, who trails the governor by two points in the same poll.

Evers has said that he would sign medical cannabis legislation into law if elected and has said he also favors decriminalizing marijuana and holding a voter referendum on broader legalization. Marijuana-friendly candidates have had a string of success in other races across the country.

Meanwhile, a number of counties throughout the state will have nonbinding marijuana advisory questions on their November ballots.

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New Jersey Voters Strongly Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds

New Jersey Voters Strongly Support Legalizing Marijuana, Poll Finds

The Garden State is overwhelmingly in support of legalizing marijuana.

New Jersey voters are on board with ending cannabis prohibition by a margin of 62 percent to 33 percent, a new poll shows. That includes strong majorities of Democrats, independents, men, women, whites, nonwhites and every age group except those older than 65.

A whopping 90 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 support cannabis legalization.

A separate question in the new Quinnipiac University survey, released on Wednesday, finds that voters support “erasing criminal records for marijuana possession,” 63 percent to 27 percent.

And when it comes to allowing legal marijuana sales in one’s own community, voters are comfortable with that to the tune of 50 percent to 45 percent.

The results of the new poll come just days after New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) said there are enough votes in the legislature to send a legalization bill to the desk of Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who made ending prohibition a centerpiece of his electoral campaign last year.

Senate and Assembly votes are expected next month.

The Quinnipiac poll has a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

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