Boston, MA, 04/02/2014 (medicalmarijuanareporter.com) – A poll recently carried out by Quinnipiac University showed that voters support medical marijuana by a substantial majority of 84% to 13% but are divided when it comes to marijuana for recreational purposes with a generation gap as well as a gender gap. The support for medical marijuana is 75% to 25% for Republicans 92% to 6% for Democrats, 81% to 17% for people over the age of 65 years and 90% to 9% for people between the ages of 18 and 29 years.
When it comes to legalizing marijuana for personal and recreational use, 46% of all voters support the move while 48% are opposed to it. Democrats are in favor by 58% to 35%, Republicans oppose it by 68% to 37% and independent voters are divided equally at 47% on both sides. Men support the measure by 52% to 43% while women are against by 51% to 42%. Voters between the ages of 18 and 29 support the measure 71% to 26% while voters over the age of 65 years are against it by 66% to 24%. 39% of all voters (which includes 46% of voters below the age of 30 years) confessed that they have tried the substance.
47% of the voters feel that marijuana is as dangerous as alcohol, 14% feel that it is more dangerous and 36% say that it is less dangerous. Voters agree, by a margin of 51% to 41%, that the use of marijuana does not induce users to move on to other drugs. If the use of marijuana is legalized in the State, 62% of voters would not be bothered if neighbours grew marijuana at home. Only Republicans and voters over the age of 65 have said that they would be bothered. However, 82% of voters say that they would not be comfortable riding in a car being driven by a driver who has smoked a modest amount of the substance.