Connecticut Polls Shows Majority Support For Marijuana Legalization And Expungements As Lawmakers Consider Reform

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As the governor of Connecticut steps up his push for to legalize marijuana in the state this year, a new survey shows that the policy has strong support among residents, including a slim majority of Republicans. The poll from Sacred Heart University (SHU) found that 66 percent of Connecticut adults favor legalization, and the same percentage of respondents back expunging prior cannabis records. Via SHU. Democrats were more likely (77 percent) to embrace the broad reform, but more than half of Republicans (52 percent) also support it. A similar partisan split was seen when it comes to expungements, with 73 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of Republicans in favor of erasing previous marijuana convictions for possession and use. Via SHU. Respondents also weighed in on several other cannabis-related questions. Most agreed, for example, that marijuana has fewer or the same number of “effects” as alcohol (72 percent), and there was also consensus that cannabis has fewer effects compared to other drugs like heroin and methamphetamine (73 percent). Via SHU. “Residents continue to demonstrate strong support for legalizing recreational marijuana,” Lesley DeNardis, executive director of the Institute for Public Policy at SHU, said in a press release. Curiously, about 41 percent of residents said that they also feel marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to use of other illicit substances. The survey involved interviews with 1,000 Connecticut residents from February 16-21. These findings comes as the legislature is actively debating legalization legislation. Gov. Ned Lamont (D) introduced a reform proposal as part of his budget plan last month and lawmakers have already held a hearing to get testimony on the legislation. That said, the measure has been met with strong pushback from advocates who feel that its licensing, equity and criminal justice provisions are inadequate. Lamont, who convened an…

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