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Poll: 3/4 of Virginia voters support decriminalizing marijuana possession

76 percent of Virginia voters polled responded that they would support decriminalization of marijuana possession. (Source: Pixabay) 76 percent of Virginia voters polled responded that they would support decriminalization of marijuana possession. (Source: Pixabay)
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A majority of Virginians support decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

That’s according to a new poll from the Wason Center for Public Policy and Christopher Newport University.

The poll found 76 percent of respondents supported removing jail time as a punishment for possessions of small amounts of marijuana and replacing it with a fine. Just 21 percent were opposed.

There is a proposed bill in the General Assembly that would change that penalty.

Among other issues in the poll, Virginians support treatment over jail for opioid abusers, a full expansion of Medicaid, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2020 and prohibiting sending emails while driving.

“While a majority of voters support a full expansion of Medicaid, Republican voters oppose it, and Republicans are still in charge in the General Assembly,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center. “However, a partial expansion has the support of Republican voters, which may open a path to compromise this session.”

The poll also showed support for a nonpartisan commission to redraw political districts rather than allowing the Legislature to draw its own districts.

The poll consisted of interviews with 870 registered Virginia voters, and has a margin of error of +/-3.6 percent.

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  • Do you think Virginia should decriminalize possession for small amounts of marijuana?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Yes
    90%
    75 votes
    No
    10%
    8 votes
    Undecided
    0%
    0 votes
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