Poll: Massachusetts Voters Support Medical Marijuana Initiative More Than 3 To 1

A new University of New Hampshire poll finds overwhelming support for a ballot initiative to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes — the supporters of this initiative lead opponents 69 percent to 22 percent. To be fair, this number may be artificially inflated somewhat because the polling question emphasized many of the potential benefits of medical marijuana without discussing the arguments against the ballot initiative: “If passed, Issue 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by patients who have been diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma, HIV, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating
diseases.” Nevertheless, this poll is corroborated somewhat by another poll showing 59 percent of Massachusetts voters support the ballot initiative.