More evidence of PA acceptance of pot

Pennsylvania voters overwhelmingly support making the medical use of marijuana legal in the state, and that backing is consistent across all partisan, gender and demographic groups, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.

Eighty-five percent support medical use of pot, to 14 percent who are opposed, the poll found.

Voters are more divided, however, on the legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use – with 48 percent in favor, and 49 percent opposed, the poll found.

Both conclusions are remarkably similar to findings in a Mercyhurst University poll of Pennsylvania voters that was released last Friday.

 Attitudes toward such recreational use of the drug varied along gender, age and partisan lines:

*Men support recreational use of pot 55 percent to 42 percent, while women are opposed 54 percent to 42 percent;

* Support is 58 – 39 percent among Democrats and 53 – 44 percent among independent voters. But Republicans are opposed, 66 percent to 31 percent.

* Voters 18 to 29 back recreational weed 64 percent to 34 percent, while voters over age 65 are opposed, 66 percent to 29 percent.

“Pennsylvanians think overwhelmingly that marijuana is equal to or less dangerous than alcohol, and join the American trend toward tolerance for both medical and recreational use,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The fresh data on Pennsylvanians’ attitudes about pot come as the legislature considers a medical-marijuana bill and as legalization has become an issue in the Democratic primary for governor.