All indications are by next year medical marijuana will finally be legal in Massachusetts. An initiative, Question 3, that would legalize marijuana for medical use has already made the November ballot, and now new polling shows the initiative holds a huge lead. According to a new PPP poll of Massachusetts, it is winning by nearly a two to one margin among likely voters. 58 percent plan to vote for medical marijuana while just 27 percent plan to vote against.

PPP (8/16-19)
Massachusetts
Question 3 would eliminate state criminal and civil penalties for the medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients. If the election was today, would you vote yes or no on Question 3?
Yes………………………………………………………… 58%
No …………………………………………………………. 27%
Undecided………………………………………………. 15%

This is a solid lead for any ballot initiative. Even if the vast majority of undecideds end up breaking against it, which is often what happens with ballot initiatives, Question 3 would still pass easily.

Looking at the internals, Question 3 has majority support from both men and women. It is winning among all age groups and all partisan groups. Basically the only group where a plurality plan to vote against medical marijuana are people who describe themselves as “very conservative.” Very conservative voters are a very small part of the Massachusetts electorate.

During the 2008 election Massachusetts voted for a marijuana decriminalization initiative by a margin of 62.8 percent yes to 33.5 percent no. It looks like medical marijuana should win approval this November by a similar margin.