Voters Show Strong Support For Legalizing Marijuana

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM EDT

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Voters Show Strong Support For Legalizing Marijuana

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (WKBW-TV) - A new Quinnipiac University Poll released Monday shows overwhelming support for the legalization of medical marijuana and strong support for recreational use.

Medical marijuana received support to the tune of 88 - 9 percent, while non-medical marijuana was supported by 57 - 39 percent.

The poll shows New York voters are divided on their own use of marijuana, as 46 percent say they've tried it and 51 percent deny they have. Women deny trying marijuana 58 - 39 percent, while men admit trying it 54 - 43 percent. Voters 18 to 29 percent admit lighting up 55 - 42 percent while voters over 65 years old deny it 69 - 28 percent.

"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun. But a slim plurality don't think legalization has been good for Colorado's reputation," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

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