Quinnipiac University poll: Ohio voters support medical, recreational marijuana

Quinnipiac University poll: Ohio voters support medical, recreational marijuana

(Toledo News Now) - A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found voters in Ohio support the legalization of medical marijuana, and to a lesser extent, the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The Swing State Poll involved voters in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, and found 84 percent of those polled in Ohio in support of medical marijuana. A smaller amount of those polled, 52 percent, support allowing adults “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use” (recreational marijuana).

But only 5 percent said they definitely would use marijuana themselves, and 9 percent said they probably would. Seventeen percent said they probably would not use it; 67 percent said they definitely would not.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,077 Ohio voters between March 17 and 28.

The president of the northwest Ohio chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) says people are becoming more educated about marijuana.

"More and more people are starting to realize that this plant is not the dangerous, evil thing that they've been told their entire lives that it is, that this plant has the ability to do so much more for the people of this country then we can even imagine," said Mary Smith, president of Northwest Ohio NORML.

See more results from the Quinnipiac poll here

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