A new Franklin & Marshall College poll has found that the majority of Pennsylvanians believe recreational marijuana should be legalized, writes Ron Southwick for the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
Fifty-nine percent of voters were in favor of making marijuana legal in the state. This is a remarkable shift in public opinion in just more than a decade. In 2006, marijuana legalization was only supported by 22 percent of registered voters.
Support is even stronger among younger voters, with 80 percent of those under 35 saying marijuana should be legal.
“Millennials are all in on it,” said Terry Madonna, the F&M poll’s director and a professor of political science at the college.
However, while the majority supports legalizing marijuana, it is not a priority issue for many Pennsylvanians. Only five percent of voters said it a top priority issue for the state.
Gov. Tom Wolf has previously stated that Pennsylvania should explore making marijuana legal. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has embarked on a listening tour across the state to gauge public opinion on the issue.
There is still plenty of opposition in the Republican-led General Assembly as a number of representatives have said they do not support legalization of marijuana.
Read more about the poll’s results in the Harrisburg Patriot-News here.