Most Connecticut Residents Back Medical Marijuana and Tighter Gun Control Laws

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Most Connecticut Residents Back Medical Marijuana and Tighter Gun Control LawsMajority of Connecticut’s residents are of opinion that medical marijuana should be used as a remedy for various ailments and think alcohol does more harm than the drug, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University released on Monday.

The survey found out that 90 percent of the state’s public have no problem with medical cannabis use. 69-28 percent of those surveyed said they had no problem with having a medical marijuana dispensary within their community, reported the Hartford Courant.

However, 60 percent of the respondents were of opinion that decriminalizing marijuana may promote the use of drug among underage populace, though they believe that alcohol poses more serious risks even if marijuana was made legal for everybody.

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Connecticut legalized medical marijuana in 2012. So far, six dispensaries have been awarded licenses and are due to open this summer. The dispensaries will be situated in Hartford, Branford, South Windsor, Bridgeport, Montville and Bristol. The law permits patients suffering from 11 conditions to seek out the treatment with the approval of a doctor.

As usual, younger people supported recreational use of the drug. Respondents aged 18 to 29 supported recreational marijuana use by 80-20 percent, while those aged above 65 were against it 61-34 percent. Male voters were in favor of the move at 54-42, while women were divided over the issue at 49-48 percent.

The poll, which was conducted on May 1-6, involved 1,668 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percentage points.  The survey also showed that residents are in favor of death penalty by 58-36 percent. However, the voters remained split concerning a 2012 law that seeks to swap the death penalty for life in prison with no parole, with 49 percent opposing and 47 percent in favor.

The survey also discovered that 56 percent of residents are in favor of the new tighter gun control laws. The voters also back the use of metal detectors in school entrances by 82-15 percent. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com