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Poll: Pa. voters back medical marijuana

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A new poll shows a large majority of Pennsylvania support the legalization of medical marijuana, but residents are divided on whether pot should be allowed for personal use.

In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, 85 percent of Pennsylvanians said they believe adults should be allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it.

Even voters over 65 years old supported medical marijuana by 84-14 percent.

Only 48 percent said it should be legal for adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, while 49 percent were opposed.

When asked if they had ever tried marijuana, 44 percent said yes and 55 percent said no.

Marijuana is just as dangerous as alcohol, 49 percent believed, while 33 percent said it is less dangerous and 15 percent said it is more dangerous, the poll found.

Voters were divided on whether marijuana leads to other drugs, as 46 percent said it does and 48 percent said it does not.

The telephone poll of 1,405 registered voters was conducted February 19-24 and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percent.


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