An incredible 68 percent of Connecticut voters support allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes if they get a doctor’s recommendation.  According to Quinnipiac polling, only 27 percent of voters in the state oppose the medical marijuana law currently pending before the state legislature. From Quinnipiac:

36. There is a proposal in the state legislature that would allow adults to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it. Do you think this is a good idea or a bad idea?
            Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Lib    Mod    Con
Good idea   68%    51%    75%    71%    69%    67%    82%    72%    51%
Bad idea    27     46     21     23     28     27     14     23     46
DK/NA       4      2      5      5      3      6      3      5      4

Medical marijuana enjoys remarkably broad support in this poll. Every partisan group, age group, income bracket and ideology thinks the bill is a good idea. Even a majority of conservatives and people over 65 think it would be a good idea for the state to legalize medical marijuana, and they are the two groups that tend to be most hostile to any kind of marijuana reform.

I hope these strong poll numbers convince the state legislature to act quickly on HB 5389, the Medical marijuana bill currently pending before the state General Assembly.

In 2007 the legislature passed a medical marijuana bill only to have it vetoed by then Republican governor Mary Jodi Rell. This year, though, Democratic governor Dannel Malloy is expected to sign such a bill if it reaches his desk. Malloy has been relatively supportive of marijuana reforms since taking office.