A new poll shows Pennsylvanians overwhelming supporting the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.
The same survey shows state residents are split nearly evenly on the drug’s legalization for recreational use.
As a bill that would legalize the use of medical marijuana awaits action in the state Senate, a Quinnipiac University poll shows more than 85 percent of Pennsylvania voters surveyed support the idea. Pollster Peter Brown tells Radio PA News support crosses most demographic groups.
Governor Tom Corbett has opposed the use of medical marijuana, saying in January that he will stand against the idea until, or unless, the Federal Drug Administration proves it is safe and effective. He added he has not seen proof that recreational marijuana is not a “gateway” drug.
The Quinnipiac poll shows 49 percent of the Pennsylvania respondents oppose the recreational use of marijuana, and 48 percent say they are for it.