- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2016

A majority of U.S. voters support legalizing marijuana in general, and nearly nine in 10 say VA doctors should be able to prescribe it in pill form to veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, according to polling released Monday.

Fifty-four percent said marijuana should be made legal in the United States, compared to 41 percent who said it should not be, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

More than 60 percent of Democrats and independents favor legalization, while 62 percent of Republicans are opposed.

Six in 10 men favor legalization, while women favor it by a narrower 48 percent to 46 percent margin.

“The fact that a majority of American voters favors legalizing marijuana in general shows how attitudes about the drug have changed,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Marijuana for recreational purposes has been legalized in Colorado, Washington state, Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia.

Eighty-nine percent said they support allowing adults to legally use medical marijuana if prescribed by a doctor. And 87 percent said VA doctors should be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana in pill form, in states where it is legal, to veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Tom Angell, chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, said the Quinnipiac survey is just the latest in a string of recent polls clearly showing that most voters support legalizing marijuana.

“This is a mainstream issue that politicians are finally starting to embrace instead of run away from, and that’s only going to intensify after voters more than double the number of states with legal marijuana at the ballot box this November,” Mr. Angell said.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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