The statewide poll, conducted by Hamilton Campaigns and commissioned by the advocacy group People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM), reported that 70 percent of voters backed the passage of a constitutional amendment legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana. Only 24 percent of voters opposed the effort.
Non-Hispanic white women, blacks and Hispanics - all Democratic-leaning - were most likely to back the measure. Fifty-six percent of self-identified Republican voters also said that they favored the measure.
The poll numbers come just days before legislation is formally introduced in the state Senate to allow for the limited use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Companion legislation is also expected to be introduced shortly in the House.
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