Even in the South popular opinion on marijuana reform is moving in the right direction. Voters in Virginia are now basically evenly split on whether or not marijuana should be legalized.
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 46 percent of Virginia voters support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use while 48 percent oppose.
While there isn’t yet majority support for legalization in Virginia, the cross tabs make it clear there soon will be. Most of the opposition comes from senior citizens with 66 percent against legalization. But most of the support comes from young people with 71 percent of voters under 30 thinking it should be legal. It is only a matter of time before demographic changes creates a pro-legalization electorate in state.
The poll also found overwhelmingly support medical marijuana in Virginia where it is still illegal under state law. An incredibly 81 percent of Virginia voters think people should be able to use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it. It has overwhelmingly support among all age groups and partisan affiliations.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy
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