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ALBANY — Most New York voters support legalizing small amounts of marijuana even for nonmedical use and overwhelmingly support making medical marijuana legal, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday.
The poll found 88 percent of voters support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, which is used in many other states to treat nausea, pain and other symptoms related to diseases including cancer.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo under executive order wants to allow highly restricted use of medical marijuana through the state Health Department at just 20 hospitals and only for cancer and some other serious illnesses.
Legislative proposals, however, would provide broader use of medical marijuana with a prescription as is done in some other states. Other polls have also supported medical use of marijuana.
The poll also found that 57 percent of New York voters support the legalization of nonmedical use of marijuana with the strongest support among men and voters 18 to 29 years old.
The poll also found 46 percent of voters said they had used marijuana, while 51 percent said they hadn’t. Fifty-five percent of voters 18 to 29 years old said they had used marijuana, which is illegal in New York.
“Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun,” said Quinnipiac poll director Maurice Carroll.
The poll, however, also found 63 percent of voters would be “very uncomfortable” riding in a car driven by someone who had consumed a moderate amount of marijuana.
The poll questioned 1,488 voters by phone including calls to cellular phones from Feb. 6-10. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.