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Majority of Pa. Residents Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana, Poll Finds

Legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania cleared a state Senate committee in late June.

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A majority of Pennsylvanians support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, a recent Franklin & Marshall College poll reveals.

According to the poll, which was done in June, 59 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania “strongly” support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.  

Twenty five percent of respondents “somewhat” support the measure. Just eight percent “strongly” oppose legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, with four percent “somewhat” opposed to it.

However, Keystone state residents aren’t enthusiastic about legalizing pot for recreational purposes. 

In the poll, just 35 percent of respondents are in favor of legalizing marijuana, with 57 percent opposed. Seven percent of people said they didn’t know how they felt about the issue. 

Click here to read the full summary of the poll results.  

Legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania recently cleared a state Senate committee.

Senate Bill 1182, passed by the Senate Law and Justice Committee in late June, would allow individuals to apply for cannabis access cards from the state Department of Health. Those seeking cards would have to provide written documentation from licensed medical professionals of an approved medical condition.

Harry Verlato July 07, 2014 at 06:05 PM
If anyone thinks that this will not cause harm, read & take a look at the latest problems the police have with those individuals who are now getting it without a medical reason. Many accidents, radical driving, and deaths. Read about this in Colorado if you do not believe me. If you do not want to read it, then I guess you have your head in the sand or where the sun does not shine, like our politicians. They pass bills that get them elected, and not for the good of the welfare of our country. If we want to legally sell this or any other drug, then have it only available at the physicians office where one goes, not the local store where anyone can get it. Wake up America before it is too late. You may not realize it but this drug will change the Chromozones in your body. That is a medical fact that cannot be refuted. Be smart & only get it if you have an authorized medical need.
hatboro dad July 07, 2014 at 07:34 PM
deaths? Harry, please provide a reputable reference. And stop cherry picking data. There are articles saying the crime rate has decreased in Colorado. Any news article is slanted by the position of the editorial board--there is no impartial journalism. I suggest anyone interested google Colorado after legalization and read a bunch of articles and then make a decision. also, THC does not alter the chromosomes in your body, just in your sperm. So much for your medical facts. So, yes, if you smoke a ton and impregnate someone, you increase the risk of birth defects, but that risk goes away if you quit even for just a week before impregnation. Oh, and dads who drink a lot or smoke cigarettes are at pretty much the same risk. Search that on PubMed for real medical journal articles. So, again, quit cherry picking data for scare tactic science
Tom Bartman July 07, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Hatboro dad - is the Pottstown Mercury a reputable reference? May I remind you of the death of a friend of many of us right here in Limerick. I'll do your homework for you and provide the link: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20140404/teen-gets-jail-for-dui-crash-that-claimed-life-of-limerick-jogger-video Tell her parents I am cherry picking data. Two kids do not have a mother. Your progressive rhetoric is out of line.
hatboro dad July 07, 2014 at 10:18 PM
Tom, that is the epitome of cherry picking. It is a single, albeit tragic event. Scientists do not deal with n's of 1. To draw a conclusion requires analyzing rates of incidence and prevalence and statistical significance. Does any of that matter to that family? Of course not, but for society? yes. So, no, the Pottstown Mercury is not reputable for reporting science, only sensationalism. Talk to me when you understand the scientific process. And I am sad for you that 'progressive' is a perjorative.
smartpig18 July 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM
I don't understand where they find these people for their survey. As a college educated health care worker, I don't know anyone who doesn't feel that marihuana should be legalized. Anyone who is going to smoke pot will do so whether it's legal or not. As for medical marihuana, there already is a pill form. It's called Marinol. Only the drug companies benefit from keeping pot illegal.

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