- The Washington Times - Monday, March 31, 2014

Virginia voters support medical marijuana by an overwhelming margin, 84-13 percent, but they’re divided on whether the drug should be legalized for recreational use, said the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The Old Dominion narrowly opposes legalization for personal use, 46-48 percent, with a noticeable gender and generational gap. Men support it, 52-43 percent, while women oppose it, 51-42 percent.

Voters 18 to 29 years old support personal use, 71-26 percent, while voters older than 65 are opposed, 66-24 percent.

Only 39 percent of the polled voters, including just under half of voters younger than 30, admit that they’ve tried marijuana.

“More than four in five Virginians favor allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes, although on this question and others involving the drug, support for its use is a bit lower than in some other states where we conduct surveys,” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, according to 47 percent of voters, while 36 percent say it is less dangerous and 14 percent say it is more dangerous. By 51 to 41 percent, they said marijuana use does not lead to the use of other drugs.

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