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Poll: Support for legalizing marijuana grows

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According to a recent Monmouth University Poll, 59 percent of New Jersey residents now support legalizing marijuana.
According to a recent Monmouth University Poll, 59 percent of New Jersey residents now support legalizing marijuana. - ()

A recent Monmouth University Poll shows support for legalizing marijuana grew by 11 percent since 2014, with 59 percent of New Jersey residents now supporting it.

Sixty percent of poll respondents, conducted April 6-10, said they believe legalized marijuana would help New Jersey’s economy. Some 16 percent said it would hurt the economy, and 20 percent think it would not impact the economy.

About 32 percent of poll respondents said legalizing marijuana would contribute to more crime, 26 percent think it will not and 39 percent said it wouldn’t impact the crime rate.

On a question about whether they consider opioid drug abuse to be a national problem, 86 percent of respondents consider it a serious problem, 9 percent consider it a somewhat serious problem, 2 percent consider it not a serious problem, and 1 percent said it is not a problem.

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David Hutter

David Hutter


David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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