The voters of Pennsylvania are split on the question of marijuana legalization. A new Quinnipiac poll found 48 percent of Pennsylvania voters support allowing adults to legally possess marijuana for personal use, while 49 percent oppose this change.

Marijuana legalization has majority support among Democrats and Independents, but Republicans oppose legalization by a two-to-one margin.

Looking at the age cross-tabs, it is likely that in just a few years a clear majority will back legalization in Pennsylvania. It is supported by a majority of all voters under the age of 65. The only thing really holding back popular opinion on marijuana legalization are senior citizens who oppose it 66 percent to 29 percent. The main opposition to legalization in the state is literally dying out.

The poll also found overwhelming support for medical marijuana with 85 percent of voters supporting the change. All partisan groups and generations think individuals should be able to use marijuana if their doctor recommends it.

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

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