Legislation to legalize medical marijuana is continuing to advance in New York’s Legislature, having already passed the full House, and new polling will give extra momentum to the effort. New polling released today, conducted by the Siena Research Institute, found that 82% of New York voters support legalizing medical marijuana. The polling found that, surprisingly, support among Democrats and Republicans is equal, at 81%. Self-described independents support the move the most, with 89% being in favor.
Advocates in New York have been attempting to legalized cannabis as a medicine for years, but no prior effort has garnered as much attention as this year’s legislation, the Compassionate Care Act (Assembly Bill 6357 and Senate Bill 4406). As-mentioned, the measure has already passed the House, and according to the bill’s sponsor, it has more than enough votes to pass the Senate. The governor isn’t in favor, but is unlikely to veto it, especially with such strong support.
This new poll makes it clear, beyond any reasonable doubt, that New Yorkers support the compassionate move of legalizing marijuana as a medicine.