Medical Marijuana Continues to Poll Well in MassachusettsBy Scott Gacek | The Daily Chronic March 28, 2012
RALEIGH, NC — In a new poll released by Public Policy Polling, Massachusetts voters support a proposal to legalize medical marijuana in the Bay State by a 53%-35% margin.
Bay State voters will have the chance to turn this poll into a reality in November, when they vote on An Initiative Petition for a Law for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana, an MPP-backed measure that has been certified for the November ballot. The bill would legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts, and set up a state wide dispensary system.
The poll, conducted from March 16-18, also shows anti-marijuana crusader Martha Coakley leading the pack of 2014 gubernatorial candidates with 49% favorability. Coakley, currently the Attorney General of Massachusetts, has worked to circumvent the effectiveness of the 2008 law that decriminalized possession of marijuana in Massachusetts. Coakley successfully rallied many cities and towns in the Bay State to pass additional local ordinances that increased the $100 fine for possession of marijuana to an average of $300 to $400 by exploiting a loophole in the law.
PPP surveyed 936 Massachusetts voters from March 16 th – 18 th . The margin of error for the survey is +/-3.2%, and this poll was not paid for or authorized by any campaign or political organization. PPP surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.
by Scott Gacek
A long time marijuana reform activist from Boston, Scott Gacek served on the Board of Directors of MassCann, the Massachusetts state NORML chapter, from 2009-2011. In July 2013, Scott assumed the role of Editor in Chief of The Daily Chronic.