Most New Yorkers support Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to allow the use of medical marijuana in a pilot program in up to 20 hospitals, according to a poll released on Monday.
Nearly half (49 percent) of the New York voters polled thought he should skip the pilot step entirely and legalize its medical use statewide, as has already happened in about 20 other states, the Siena College Poll said.
A total of 28 percent of New Yorkers said the pilot program was the way to go.
A slim majority of 54 percent, however, oppose following the lead of the states of Colorado and Washington and legalizing marijuana for recreational use; 41 percent supported such a move.
“Voters under 35 say yes, as do a bare majority of men. Democrats and independents are closely divided but Republicans are a strong no,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in a statement. “New Yorkers are not yet ready to duplicate what they see in the Mile High City.”
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