March 21st, 2012 | City

Poll shows Connecticut residents support medical weed

Medical marijuana may be coming soon to a Connecticut near you.
Medical marijuana may be coming soon to a Connecticut near you. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Connecticut residents support the legalization of medical marijuana but oppose the repeal of the death penalty, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Sixty-eight percent of the poll’s respondents said they support allowing patients with a chronic illness to obtain small amounts of marijuana with a prescription. Only 27 percent said they oppose medical marijuana. The study found similar numbers in support of capital punishment — 62 percent said they are in favor of keeping the death penalty, and only 31 percent said they want to repeal it.

The poll was released hours before both of the measures were slated to come to a vote in the state legislature’s judiciary committee. The committee endorsed the marijuana bill Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Dannel Malloy is looking better in the poll, with an approval rating of 44 percent — up 3 points since September — and widespread support for his education reform plans. The poll found respondents support Malloy’s plan to reform teacher tenure 54 percent to 35 percent, and approve of making it easier to fire teachers 62 percent to 31 percent.

Additionally, voters want liquor stores to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday by a 54 to 42 percent margin. A measure to revise Connecticut’s liquor laws to allow Sunday sales, among other changes, sailed through the state legislature’s General Law Committee Tuesday and looks set to pass the General Assembly.

  • jamesdakrn

    haha Prop 215 is the best

  • DocHollidaye

    That’s just a poll it’s not near being law. California legalized it as well but Federal Law rules and they had to close down the stores by force of law.

  • The Anti-Yale

    If the late William F. Buckley, Jr. couldn’t get marijuana legalized, it’s a hopeless cause. H.L. Mencken’s Booboisie reigns supreme.


  • malcolmkyle

    An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

    Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high – no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Even if we could afford to put Narcs on every single corner, at least half of them would soon become dealers themselves. Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

    Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so proud & free nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

    Maybe you’re a police officer, a prison guard or a local/national politician. Possibly you’re scared of losing employment, overtime-pay, the many kick-backs and those regular fat bribes. But what good will any of that do you once our society has followed Mexico over the dystopian abyss of dismembered bodies, vats of acid and marauding thugs carrying gold-plated AK-47s with leopard-skinned gunstocks?

    Kindly allow us to forgo the next level of your sycophantic prohibition-engendered mayhem.

    Prohibition Prevents Regulation : Legalize, Regulate and Tax!

  • Goldie08

    That looks like some real sticky weed. Not going to lie, I had my medical card during the 3 years I lived in LA. ‘Twas glorious.

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