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Pa. Voters Don't Support Legalizing Marijuana

One poll suggests that, while Pennsylvania voters might support medical marijuana use, they aren't in favor of legal pot.

Pennsylvania voters aren't in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to a recent poll.

The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled opposed to legalizing marijuana in the state. 

A similar F&M Poll at the beginning of February found that 55 percent of respondants were against legalizing marijuana.

While voters don't support its outright legalization, 82 percent of those polled favor the use of marijuana for medical reasons if prescribed by a doctor.

The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents.

The full poll is available for review here.

The following information represents the questions asked in the survey and the results given by voters.

1) Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or not?

Yes No Don't Know May 2013 38 percent 54 percent 8 percent Feb 2013 36 percent 55 percent 9 percent May 2010 33 percent 60 percent 7 percent May 2006 22 percent 72 percent 6 percent

2) Generally speaking, do you favor or oppose allowing adults to legally use purposes if a doctor recommends it?

Strongly Favor Somewhat Favor Somewhat Oppose Strongly Oppose Don't Know May 2013 55 percent 27 percent 3 percent 13 percent 3 percent Feb 2013 51 percent 31 percent 3 percent 13 percent 2 percent May 2010 53 percent 27 percent 4 percent 13 percent 3 percent May 2006 44 percent 32 percent 7 percent 13 percent 4 percent

Do you think marijuana should be legalized? What about for medical purposes? Share your thoughts in the comments area below.

Check out more findings from the Franklin & Marshall College Poll from May 2013:

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Slick Rick June 10, 2013 at 01:31 PM
You fail to realize that making somthing illegal instantly makes that product very expensive on the black market.......this is where crime takes hold.......Remember Al Capone and the mafia were most powerful during the prohibition of alcohol......and considering Pennsylvania garners high tax revenue from alcohol sales in state stores.....your suggestion is foolish...........This is AMERICA land of the FREE.......dont tell people how to live you dirty commie
Jeffrey Poor June 23, 2013 at 11:51 AM
Give the people a choice to voice their opinion on this and I promise you the majority of the people will vote to legalize it. ALLOW US TO VOTE!!
FlyingTooLow June 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Prescription drug abuse accounts for 75 percent of all drug overdose deaths in the nation. The death toll from prescription pill overdoses has more than tripled in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than 40 people die every day in the U.S. from overdoses of narcotic painkillers like hydrocodone, methadone and oxycodone. The prescription painkillers are responsible for more deaths than heroin (a Schedule I drug) and cocaine (Schedule II ) combined. Deaths caused by cannabis...NOT ONE in recorded history. Please, tell me again why this plant is illegal? And, why is 'big pharma' not being prosecuted?
Catherine Smith September 24, 2013 at 09:35 AM
I wonder exactly whom that poll was pitched to because it sure wasn't me. I am a registered voter, and I would have participated given the opportunity. If every one of us was given the opportunity to vote on cannabis, current legislation wouldn't stand a chance. Exactly when was it that our freedom of choice and the right to petition and vote for our OWN laws was placed so far out of reach?

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