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Swing State Voters Are Likely to Support Legalization, Study Shows

A solid majority of voters in three notorious Senate election swing states — Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania — support the legalization of cannabis. Meanwhile, super majorities of Florida and Ohio voters support making marijuana available for medicinal purposes, according to recent Quinnipiac poll results.

56 percent of Florida voters support legalized marijuana, agreeing that legislation to allow “adults to legally possess for personal use small amounts of marijuana” would be a good idea. In regards to medical cannabis, however, 80 percent of Florida respondents confirmed plans to vote for this November’s constitutional amendment to create sweeping medical cannabis reforms.

In Ohio, 52 percent of respondents approved the legalization of small amounts of cannabis for personal use, though 90 percent of voters there support the establishment of a state medical marijuana program.

Pennsylvania voters support 57 percent to 39 percent the notion of allowing adults to possess and consume small amounts of cannabis for recreational purposes. Pollsters did not ask respondents about the subject of medical marijuana, however,as Pennsylvania lawmakers have already approved such a system.

The only demographics with a majority of voters opposing legalization in any of the swing states were self-identified Republicans and respondents over the age of 65. Zero demographics, however, sported a majority of voters standing against the legalization of medical cannabis.

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