Monday, May 12, 2014
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Connecticut voters strongly support the state’s legalization of marijuana for medical treatment and are open, by a closer margin, to allowing its recreational use, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Slightly less than half the state has used marijuana and 59 percent says legalization would encourage underage use, but overwhelmingly voters say alcohol is more harmful to a person’s health than marijuana and would remain a bigger health threat if pot were legalized.
By more than a 2-1 margin, voters say they would support a medical marijuana dispensary in their town.
Connecticut legalized marijuana for medical use in 2012, with the first six marijuana dispensaries to open this summer in Branford, Bridgeport, Bristol, Hartford, Montville and South Windsor. State law allows patients with one of 11 debilitating illnesses to use marijuana for palliative purposes if their doctors believe it’s appropriate.
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