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U.S.: Presidential Swing States Support Legalizing Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Voters in three critical swing states -- Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- support legalization of medical marijuana by margins of 5-1 or more and also support legalization of recreational marijuana use by smaller margins, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on Monday.

Support for medical marijuana is 84 - 14 percent in Florida, 84 - 15 percent in Ohio and 88 - 10 percent in Pennsylvania, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania because since 1960, no candidate has won the Presidential race without taking at least two of these three states.

Support for allowing adults "to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use" is 55 - 42 percent in Florida, 52 - 44 percent in Ohio and 51 - 45 percent in Pennsylvania.

But swing state voters say they don't plan to use marijuana themselves:

• 17 percent of Florida voters say they "definitely" or "probably" would use it, while 81 percent say they "probably" or "definitely" would not;

• 14 percent of Ohio voters say they "definitely" or "probably would use it, while 84 percent say "definitely" or "probably" not;

• 15 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they are likely to try, while 83 percent say no.

Iowa: 87% of Residents Support Medical Marijuana, According To New Poll

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A vast majority of Iowans support allowing doctors to authorize medical marijuana use for ailing patients, according to new poll results released on Monday.

A Quinnipiac University Poll found that a whopping 87 percent of state residents support medical marijuana, with just 17 percent opposed, according to the poll, reports James Q. Lynch at the Des Moines Bureau of the Sioux City Journal. Incredibly, every party, gender and age group measured had at least 68 percent support for medical marijuana in the poll.

What's more, that strong level of support is comparable to other states, according to Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Iowans overwhelmingly think marijuana should be legal for medical purposes, but most voters oppose legalizing personal recreational use," Brown said. There was a big difference when it came to recreational use: "Opposition to personal marijuana is higher in Iowa than in any state we've surveyed so far on this subject," he said.

Efforts in the Iowa Legislature to legalize medical marijuana failed to gain traction in this year's session. Republican and Democratic lawmakers admit there is "more interest" about medical marijuana, but what we aren't seeing is the kind of tectonic shifts in public policy that would take place in a true representative democracy when an issue has 87 percent support.

Ohio: Poll Shows 87% Support For Medical Marijuana

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Voters on Ohio overwhelmingly approve of medical marijuana, according to a poll released on Monday.

The Quinnipiac University poll of Ohio voters found 87 percent support legalizing medicinal cannabis, while only 11 percent oppose, reports Jackie Borchardt at the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Ohio voters also approve of allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use, but by a much narrower margin, with 51 percent favoring and 44 percent opposed.

Ohioans' views of marijuana are complicated, according to Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Qunnipiac University Polling Institute. "Twice as many voters think alcohol is dangerous than marijuana, and about half the state's voters think the two are equally harmful," Brown said.

Support for legalization is strongest among voters 18 to 29 years old; 72 percent of this age group approve, with just 25 percent opposing. But Baby Boomers and Generation Xers reported higher rates of marijuana usage than younger voters.

"No one should be surprised that support for legalization is strongest among younger voters," Brown said, reports Jim Provance at The Blade of Toledo.

More than half of Ohio voters -- 55 percent -- claimed they'd never tried marijuana.

The poll surveyed 1,370 registered Ohio voters from February 12-17 on land lines and cell phones. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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