A recent poll conducted by Public Policy Polling shows that 53 percent of West Virginia citizens support medical marijuana.
The poll released by the Marijuana Policy Project finds most West Virginians support legalizing medical marijuana for “seriously and terminally ill patients” who have 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 32-year-old Brett Adkins.
According to the poll results, most of those under 65-years-old favor the legalization of medical marijuana and most of them even favor decriminalization of recreational use of marijuana.
However, those over 65-years-old overwhelmingly are against legalizing it in any form.
“West Virginia already has enough problems with illegal drug use and legalizing marijuana is not the answer to those problems,” said 68-year-old Betsy Fowler.
The poll also finds that 63 percent of West Virginians think marijuana is a “safer treatment for debilitating pain” than Oxycontin, abuse of which has been rampant in Boone County and the Appalachian region for more than a decade.
MPP's announcement of the poll results included the news that West Virginia House of Delegates Rep. Mike Manypenny (D-Taylor) will introduce medical marijuana legislation in 2013.
The Coal Valley News’ Web poll question is about this issue. Scroll down to the bottom of the home page, cast your vote and let your opinion be known!