Marijuana legalization popular with NH voters

Pot politics is heating up on the presidential campaign trail.

The majority of New Hampshire voters, including most independents, favor the legalization of recreational marijuana and decriminalization of pot, according to a new WMUR Granite State Poll from the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

The early voting state is one of the most important for presidential candidates. So marijuana advocates hope the findings will encourage them to embrace their cause.

“Younger voters and independents overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana,” said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority. “Candidates who want to win by appealing to these huge blocs of voters should come out in favor of ending prohibition before their opponents do. The first candidate to say publicly that he or she agrees with the majority of Americans that it’s time to legalize marijuana is going to benefit enormously.”

In New Hampshire, medical marijuana is legal, but the use of recreational marijuana is still against the law.

The poll found that 60 percent of New Hampshire voters support marijuana legalization, while 72 percent would like to decriminalize pot.

Support for legalizing marijuana is particularly strong among young adults (72 percent) and undeclared voters (59 percent) in New Hampshire.

The survey also looked at how church attendance affects voters’ opinions of marijuana. Two-thirds of people who never attend church support legalization, while 53 percent of regular churchgoers oppose it.

Meanwhile, there is even more support for decriminalizing marijuana, meaning people caught with pot could still be fined but not arrested. In fact, 56 percent of Republicans would like to decriminalize pot.

Source: The Hill