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Majority of NYers support marijuana

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New York State voters support 88-9 percent the legalization of medical marijuana, with overwhelming support from every group, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

57 percent also favor legalizing recreational use.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Monday finds only 9 percent oppose legalizing medical marijuana.

Maurice Carroll, director of the poll, says a narrow majority doubt that legalizing marijuana will lead to harder drug use, and about half say marijuana is no worse than alcohol.

"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun.  But a slim plurality don't think legalization has been good for Colorado's reputation," said  Carroll.

There is a gender gap and a larger generation gap on the question of non-medical marijuana.  Support is 63 - 33 percent among men and 51 - 44 percent among women.  Support is 83 - 14 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old, with voters over 65 years old opposed 57 - 38 percent.  Support is 65 - 32 percent among Democrats and 58 - 37 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 55 - 39 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,488 New York voters by phone on Feb. 6-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he'll launch a limited hospital-based medical marijuana program. Sen. Liz Krueger has introduced a full legalization bill, which the Cuomo administration opposes.

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