Poll: Majority Of Connecticut Voters Say Legalize Marijuana

Poll: Majority Of Connecticut Voters Say Legalize Marijuana

Hartford, CT: More than six out of ten Connecticut voters favor legalizing marijuana use by adults, according to statewide polling conducted by Quinnipiac University.

Sixty-three percent of respondents said that they favored permitting adults to legally possess personal use quantities of cannabis. Only 34 percent of voters opposed this idea.

The poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percentage points

Legislation, House Bill 6703, is presently pending in the state, "to allow marijuana use for persons twenty-one years of age and older, and to regulate the sale, possession, use and growth of marijuana."

In 2011, Connecticut state lawmakers approved legislation reducing marijuana possession penalties from a criminal misdemeanor to an infraction. Lawmakers legalized the production and distribution of medical marijuana in 2012.

This week, judges for the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled that those with previous marijuana possession convictions could petition the court to have their criminal records expunged. "The legislature has determined that [minor marijuana possession] violations are to be handled in the same manner as civil infractions, such as parking violations," Justice Carmen Espinosa opined. "The state has failed to suggest any plausible reason why erasure should be denied in such cases."

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