Poll: 84 Percent of Pennsylvanians Approve of Medical Marijuana

Gov. Tom Corbett’s opposition to medical marijuana hasn’t stopped Pennsylvanians from overwhelmingly supporting medical use of the drug.

Despite continued resistance from Gov. Tom Corbett on medical marijuana — he supports only a cannabidiol extract — Pennsylvanians clearly have no problem with medical marijuana. According to a recent Franklin & Marshall poll, 84 percent of the state’s residents back the use of marijuana for medical use.

Of that sample, 59 percent strongly favor the legalization of marijuana for medical use and 26 percent somewhat favor it. Only 12 percent are opposed in any way, with 4 percent undecided. Pennsylvania residents have actually supported medical marijuana for a while now: The same question, asked in May of 2006, found 76 percent of Pennsylvanians approved of medical pot.

Medical marijuana activists pulled out all the stops today in an attempt to shame the state senate into advancing medical marijuana legislation. “About two dozen mothers, grandmothers, nurses and small children” are in Harrisburg today, per the Associated Press.

One of the advocates, Dana Ulrich of Lancaster County, says her six-year-old daughter’s seizures could be treated with medical marijuana.

As far as recreational marijuana use goes, 35 percent of Pennsylvanians approve and 57 percent oppose. In May 2006, that split was 22%-72%.


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  • PhilDeBowl

    Can the governor,free the weed.

    • TheEndGameIsNear

      Corbett will get a free contact high in November.

  • Pat Rogers

    If the Democrats had testicles they would make this the number one issue for the Nov. elections.

    It is clear, to me, that the only reason that Corbett ever so slightly eased his medical pot position was pure cynical politics. By easing his position when he did he defused the public outcry in the primaries and reduced the organizing fever against politicians who oppose medical pot going into the general election.

    Medical pot reformers now need to understand that any feeble efforts in the legislature when the come back in the fall will be window dressing to undermine organizing against politicians who are still rooted in the 19th century on this issue.

    The Democrats, as a Party, need to step up and say to the voters of Pennsylvania that a Democratic state legislature will quickly pass this life saving legislation the minute that they are sworn in.

    • DetmerWonAHeisman

      With all of the problems in our state, our country, and the world— you think that smoking weed should be the #1 issue for democrats in November? Seriously? I can think of at least 100 more important issues that come closer to qualifying as “life saving legislation” as you call it. How exactly does smoking marijuana save peoples lives?

      • Pat Rogers

        Then you prefer that gangsters, as they do today under the pot prohibition, have free access to the children of the state through street corner pot sales. General legalization would put most pot into the hands of responsible adult supervision. What could be more important than that?

        And you prefer that gangsters be subsidized in all of their other criminal efforts, tax free, thanks to the $50 million or more a year Pennsylvania black market for pot.

        And you don’t give crap about the countless thousands, including children, who could benefit from medical cannabis.

        And you are fine with spending $33 thousand or more a year of my tax dollars to lock-up each of the more than 10,000 people in Pennsylvania prisons for pot crimes.

        And most important, you have no problem with denying countless thousands of people their civil rights with Jim Crow mass disenfranchisement on trumped up pot charges.

        Why do you hat children so much that you leave them exposed to gangsters on street corners?

        Why do you hate sick children and adults so much that you ignore the fact that the federal government itself has held patents on medical pot for more than a decade, and in some cases since the 1980’s, yet still keeps pot a Schedule-1 drug saying that it has no medical value?

        So what exactly is more important that relieving pain and suffering, protecting children from drug gangsters and reducing the cost of government?

  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana, changed the world….hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women’s rights…you don’t deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL…

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


    • Richard Colton

      Really Dan, you shouldn’t be commenting on your own stories. Its bad form.

  • Immortal Illumined

    CBD marijuana laws = Can’t Be Done

    • TheEndGameIsNear

      Let’s give Corbett a legal contact high in November.

  • TheEndGameIsNear

    Corbett will be turning red once he realizes in November this state, PA will end up becoming a fully recreational legal marijuana state.

    There is overwhelming support. Colorado was expected to allow a bill similar to SB 1182 ‘smoking’criminalization’ which is wrong.

    Corbet will be inhaling his neighbor’s smoke, legally, come November.

    • DetmerWonAHeisman

      Overwhelming support for recreational pot? 35% of Pennsylvanians approve and 57% oppose according to the article (conveniently hidden in the last paragraph of the article). Maybe you’ve smoked too much to comprehend that. Those poll numbers are actually worse than obama’s approval rating

      • Pat Rogers

        It is a known problem in public opinion polling that people are reticent about responding to polls asking their opinion of currently illegal things. As they are finding in Colorado and Washington the polling numbers quickly turn over in favor of legalization once people see that others feel the same way. Especially when they see politicians supporting the change.

  • Pat Rogers

    Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants
    United States Patent 6,630,507
    Hampson , et al. October 7, 2003


    Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##

  • Dan

    Lies. Corbett allowed medical marijuana to be used for sick children earlier this year.