Poll Shows Support for Marijuana In Crucial Swing States

By May Wilkerson 04/08/15

Next year could be a big one for weed, if the polls hold.

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It looks like 2016 could be a big year for pot. The majority of voters in three crucial swing states support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll, a point that could put the issue on the table in the next presidential election.

The Quinnipiac survey released this week shows that 55% of voters in Florida, 52% in Ohio, and 51% in Pennsylvania are in favor of allowing adults to “legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use.”

Support for medical marijuana was even higher, with 84% of voters in Florida, 84% in Ohio, and 88% in Pennsylvania in favor of legalizing pot for medical use. Both Florida and Pennsylvania currently have pending bills to legalize marijuana in the upcoming year.

Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, recreational marijuana is legal in three, and both are legal in Washington, D.C.

Democratic Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton was previously opposed to marijuana legalization, but has changed her tune in recent years.

“I’m a big believer in acquiring evidence,” she said last year. “And I think we should see what kind of results we get, both from medical marijuana and from recreational marijuana before we make any far-reaching conclusions.”

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