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Survey: CT Voters Support Medical Marijuana 'Across the Board'

The majority of people surveyed also support Sunday alcohol sales -- but not all of Governor Malloy's proposed reforms.

Connecticut voters overwhelmingly support the use of medicinal marijuana with a doctor's prescription, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. By a thinner margin, the majority of voters also support allowing alcohol sales on Sunday.

Out of 1,622 registered voters polled, 68 percent support medicinal marijuana. According to Quinnipiac, "there is no gender, partisan, income, age or education group opposed."

"Medical marijuana is supported by Connecticut voters across the board," Quinnipiac University Poll Director Douglas Schwartz said.

For Sunday alcohol sales, which are and recently passed a legislative committee, there's a 54-42 percent split. Men support Sunday sales 60-37 percent while women are split evenly 48-48 percent. Support is 56-41 percent among Democrats and 57-40 percent among independent voters, while Republicans split 47-48 percent.

"Connecticut may be the land of steady habits but no Sunday liquor sales is one habit voters are ready to kick," Schwartz said.

Voters do oppose allowing gas stations to sell beer by a 63-35 percent margin. Lawmakers apparently feel the same way, as the committee nixed that proposed reform.

Other poll results:

  • 32 percent say supermarkets should sell only beer, as they do now;
  • 43 percent say supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer and wine;
  • 20 percent say supermarkets should be allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor.

Roy Occhiogrosso, Senior Advisor to Malloy, released the following statement regarding the poll:

"We have tried to be consistent in not saying much about polls because...what's there to say? Polls come and go, numbers go up and down. The Governor always does what he thinks is best for the state and the right thing to do."

Shirley B. Backus March 22, 2012 at 03:30 AM
The only problem with smoking marijuana for medical purposes is that it is impossible to avoid sharing it with everybody else in the household, and everybody who visits the household, not to mention innocent pets and children. Until it is legal to share prescription drugs, I don't see how smoking anything can be prescribed. We need to find out what substance in marijuana is beneficial, separate it from the poisons, and make it into an inhaler. Then, and only then, can it be truly legal.
Gmoney March 25, 2012 at 08:10 PM
It's called going outside to smoke. . Besides, I am not sure about your experience with Marijuana, but it is a far lighter smoke than tobacco, it dissipates in minutes, & unlike tobacco, after the smoke dissipates you could never tell someone was smoking inside
Gmoney March 25, 2012 at 08:12 PM
There is also something called a Vaporizer. Look it up, most MMJ Patients in other states have them, & they are recommended.
Chels March 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
VERY true, although, SOME may definitely be able to avoid sharing. however, the possibility of sharing is huge.I think that sharing prescription drugs is not the same as sharing medical marijuana. In principle, it seems like that, but maybe I'm biased thinking that marijuana is different than prescription drugs. To begin, it is; not many prescription drugs are smoked or an actual plant product. However, there are many other ways to ingest marijuana that makes it easy for even those who cant swallow a pill. You cannot inject it, which does make it safer than some other script drugs that can be abused like so. You cannot overdose and die on it, but there is such thing as overdosing in the sense that you simply smoke too much and become uncomfortable, yet that is the extent of the situation. I completely agree that finding the substance in marijuana that is beneficial (THC as well as others, do some research) and extract that and use it as medicine. However, that requires making synthetic chemicals to put in pills with other fillers. Marijuana, provided it comes straight from the plant, is pure and does not have fillers, as opposed to pills. So you do make a point about the issue of sharing, and how it must be treated equally as other prescription drugs, yet there is more to those theories that should be further researched and explored. There are no 'poisons' in marijuana. You are right when you say that finding the beneficial element is key; then further studies can be pursued.
Shirley B. Backus March 27, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I have heard and read that marijuana actually has more poisons than tobacco in its smoke, and it doesn't dissapate as quickly as you think. The fine particulates persist at least as long as tobacco smoke. Perhaps those who think so are so used to the smell of smoke (both tobacco and marijuana) that they don't notice it. Believe me, the police can smell it long after the joint has been put out. The only way I would support medical marijuana is if it is not smoked. It stinks. It's not healthy. And it cannot be smoked alone.

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