According to new polling, a strong majority of registered voters in New York are in favor of legalizing cannabis for adults.
The poll, conducted by Emerson College and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance, found that only 28% of New York voters are opposed to cannabis legalization. With 10% unsure, even if all of them decided to start opposing legalization supporters would still have a 24% majority.
The poll also found that 60% of respondents support legalizing and taxing marijuana to help address New York’s budget deficit. Between 15% and 27% of voters supported each of the other options presented — increasing sales or income taxes, increasing tolls, or cutting public education or other services.
“It’s time New York stop wasting resources punishing otherwise law-abiding residents for using a substance that is safer than alcohol”, states the Marijuana Policy Project in a blog post published earlier today. “Let your lawmakers know voters want them to take marijuana off of the criminal market, so we can create good jobs, build the economy, and fund essential services.”
If you are a New York resident, you can email your lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo by clicking here.