Baltimore, MD: Fifty-seven percent of Maryland citizens believe that regulations overseeing the use and sale of cannabis should be not be stricter than those regulations presently governing alcohol, according to a statewide Goucher poll released on Wednesday.
Only 25 percent of respondents said that regulations for marijuana ought to be "more strict" than those for alcohol. Sixteen percent of respondents said that rules governing cannabis should be less strict.
Just over 50 percent of Marylanders said that they support "making the use of marijuana legal" versus 39 percent of respondents who oppose the idea.
Respondents were more supportive of the notion of legalizing cannabis for therapeutic purposes, which was backed by 90 percent of those surveyed.
Last year, Maryland lawmakers enacted legislation seeking to allow medical marijuana be dispensed at teaching hospitals. To date, however, no hospitals have volunteered to participate in the program and two of the state’s largest institutions have said they will not have any involvement in the proposed system.
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