- The Washington Times - Monday, February 17, 2014

A majority of New Yorkers support the legalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use and, by a much larger margin, would support a medical marijuana program in their state, a new poll said.

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute found that state voters support non-medical marijuana use by 57-39 percent and medical marijuana by 88-9 percent.

When it comes to recreational use, there is a wide disparity between age groups. Voters 18 to 29 years old support it 83-14 percent, while those older than 65 oppose it 57-38 percent.

As far as their own usage, 46 percent of New Yorkers said they’ve tried marijuana and 51 percent deny they have.

Washington State and Colorado have paved the way for liberal marijuana laws by legalizing the possession of small amounts among adults.

However, 41 percent of New Yorkers told Quinnipiac that legalization has been bad for Colorado’s image, while 37 percent said it’s been a good thing.

“Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun. But a slim plurality don’t think legalization has been good for Colorado’s reputation,” polling institute Director Maurice Carroll said.

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