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The people of Massachusetts should soon legally have access to medical marijuana. An initiative to legalize cannabis for medical purpose will likely be on the ballot this November, and a new poll by PPP finds that the voters overwhelmingly support medical marijuana. According to the poll, 57 percent of the state’s population would support an effort to legalize medical marijuana, while just a third of the voters would oppose it. From PPP:

Would you support or oppose a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts?
Support ………………………………………………….. 57%
Oppose ………………………………………………….. 33%
Not sure ………………………………………………….. 10%

As with all marijuana reform polling, there is a large generational divide. Medical marijuana is supported by more than 60 percent of voters under 65, but is opposed by a plurality of senior citizens. Only 39 percent of seniors support it, while 47 percent oppose it. There is also a large partisan divide. Democrats and Independents strongly support medical marijuana, but a solid majority of Republicans oppose the idea.

It should be noted that this is a poll about the general concept of medical marijuana and not about the actual ballot language voters will get to decide on. In general, support for a specific proposal, which can contain individual components people disagree with, tends to get slightly lower support than the general idea. That said, given that support for medical marijuana in general is so lopsided, the ballot measure should be seen has a huge favorite to win.