Massachusetts is ripe for a legalization campaign

The voters of Massachusetts are ready to back marijuana legalization. A new Suffolk University/Boston Herald poll found 53 percent of likely 2014 voters favor the legalization of marijuana. Only 37 percent of likely voters oppose legalization.

While there probably won’t be a legalization initiative on the ballot this year in the Bay State, there is a good chance there might be one on the 2016 ballot. This poll indicates a well-written initiative in 2016 would easily win.

This is a poll of likely voters in a midterm election. Turnout in midterm elections tend to skew more conservative than Presidential year elections. If this poll were weighted for a Presidential election support would probably be a one or two points higher. In addition, the poll asked only the generic question “do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?” Normally when poll questions indicated that legal marijuana would be taxed, regulated and age restricted it garners slightly more support.

Combined with the fact that support for legalization has been growing steadily over the past few years Massachusetts is ripe for a legalization campaign.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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