Survey says: Majority of NH residents asked say legalize, decriminalize pot

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DURHAM, NH – A majority of New Hampshire adults favor marijuana legalization and a larger majority favor decriminalization, according to a new survey.

When asked what they would prefer the legislature to do in regards to marijuana policy, half of New Hampshire residents want it to be legalized and taxed. These findings are based on the latest WMUR Granite State Poll, conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

Results are based on a poll of 567 randomly selected New Hampshire adults  interviewed by landline and cellular telephone between May 6 and May 22, 2015. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 4.1 percent. Included were 524 likely 2016 general election voters (MSE = +/- 4.3%).

Although New Hampshire has legalized marijuana for medical purposes, the New Hampshire legislature has repeatedly defeated efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use. However, a majority of Granite Staters continue to support legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire — 54 percent support legalizing marijuana for recreational use (37 percent strongly and 17 percent somewhat), 36 percent oppose (27 percent strongly and 9 percent somewhat.)

Support for recreational marijuana legalization is strongest among liberals (73 percent support), younger adults (69 percent) those who never attend church (67 percent), and Democrats (62 percent). Opposition is strongest among older residents (55 percent oppose), regular churchgoers (53 percent), and Republicans (47 percent).

You can click here for complete results of this Granite State survey.

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Carol Robidoux

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