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.