Majority Of Pennsylvania Voters Support Drug Decriminalization, Poll Finds Amid Inaction On Marijuana Reform

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As bills to decriminalize marijuana languish in the Pennsylvania legislature, a new poll finds that a majority of voters in the state support an even more expansive proposal to end criminalization of all currently illicit drugs. The survey, conducted by Data for Progress and released on Thursday, found that 60 percent of voters are in favor of having their district attorneys eliminate “criminal penalties for simple possession of a controlled substance.” Via Data For Progress. Yet despite that support, two bills to decriminalize cannabis alone that were introduced in the GOP-controlled House and Senate in January have yet to receive hearings in the committees to which they were referred. Oregon voters elected to decriminalize all drugs last November, and the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office announced shortly thereafter that prosecutors will no longer pursue low-level drug possession cases. The Pennsylvania poll, which was first reported by The Appeal and pegged to Tuesday’s district attorney elections in 17 counties, involved interviews with 632 likely voters from April 30-May 5. Support for decriminalization is strongest among Democrats, with 71 percent on board. Sixty-eight percent of independents back the policy reform, while only 43 percent of Republicans agree. Marijuana legalization is also popular among Pennsylvanians—including the governor and lieutenant governor—with 58 percent of residents saying they favor ending cannabis prohibition in a separate survey released last month. But again, the reform has failed to advance, with one Democrat-led bill having simply been referred to committee. That said, a bipartisan Senate duo is currently crafting legislation to legalize cannabis across the commonwealth. Sens. Dan Laughlin (R) and Sharif Street (D) announced some details of the proposal earlier this year, but the bill has yet to be formally introduced. Outside the legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) said earlier this year that marijuana legalization was a priority as…

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