Slight majority of NYers support legal pot in Siena poll

A Siena College poll released this week found 52 percent of New York supporting pot legalization and 42 percent against it, a 10-point spread in favor as lawmakers weigh Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for legalizing and regulating the production and sale of adult-use cannabis.

The poll found more supporters than opponents among Democrats and independent voters and in all regions of the state – New York City, suburbs and upstate. A majority of Republicans opposed legal weed, but with significant dissent: the breakdown was 34 percent in favor, 56 percent against and 10 percent undecided. Not surprisingly, the strongest support among different age groups came from the 18-34 set: 68 percent wanted legalization and 23 percent didn’t.

The leader of a group opposing legalization said in response that support for legalization in New York had dropped from previous polls as law enforcement officials and others have voiced concerns. “Siena’s poll again oversimplifies a complex issue by giving respondents an all-or-nothing choice,” Kevin, president of┬áSmart Approaches to Marijuana New York, said in a statement. “As the public learns more about the difference between decriminalization and commercialization the numbers will slip even further.”

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