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New York Support High for Cannabis Legalization

More than 6 in 10 New Yorkers support the legalization of possession of small amounts of cannabis for non-medical personal use, according to a new poll.

The survey, by Quinnipiac University, found 63 percent of those New Yorkers polled said they were in favor of the idea.

“The 63% support for legalizing so-called recreational marijuana is a high-water mark in New York,” said Quinnipiac poll assistant director Peter Brown. “Voters don’t see marijuana as a gateway to stronger drugs.”


One of the more interesting findings of the poll: even among voters over 65, nearly half (46 percent) are in favor of legalizing small amounts, to 48 percent who are opposed.

The poll was conducted April 26 – May 1, and surveyed 1,076 New York State voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points. Live interviewers called landlines and cell phones.


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