A poll by Public Policy Polling shows that a majority of West Virginians support the legalization of medical marijuana. The poll, released by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), finds that 53 percent of state residents support such a move for “seriously and terminally ill patients” with a doctor’s recommendation.
“I don’t see anything wrong with it, especially if a doctor prescribes it to you for a medical condition,” said Brett Adkins, 32, reports Fred Pace of the Coal Valley News.
Most of those under 65 favor legalizing medicinal cannabis — and most of them, in fact, favor decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana, as well, according to the poll.
But a majority of those over 65 are against legalizing pot for any reason.
“West Virginia already has enough problems with illegal drug use and legalizing marijuana is not the answer to those problems,” said Betsy Fowler, 68.
Almost two-thirds of West Virginians — 63 percent — know the truth about cannabis as a painkiller; they said they believe marijuana is a “safer treatment for debilitating pain” than Oxycontin, which is abused in the state on an epic scale (think “hillbilly heroin”).
According to MPP, Rep. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) of the West Virginia House of Delegates will introduce medical marijuana legislation this year.