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Poll Shows Delawareans Support Legalizing Pot

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - A recent poll conducted by the University of Delaware shows a majority of Delawareans support legalizing marijuana.

Among 902 adults polled this September, 56% support legalization while 39% do not.

A majority of the supporters were under the age of 30. Del Tech student Brian Kneisly is one of them.

"It definitely would be a big step forward," he said. "By legalizing it, it's a source of tax revenue, which is always big, were at a school that's more funding."

However, the poll also shows that in Sussex County, only 48% support legalization. New Castle and Kent Counties parallel the overall results.

A majority of those against legalization are over the age of 60. Peter Hansot, a Lewes resident, falls in this category.

"I live here, have been here about 15 years, and I support marijuana only if its under medical conditions and that's prescribed by a doctor," he said. "We have tourists up and down here consistently in the holiday season and its never been a problem but I suspect that driving and under the influence of marijuana tourists or anybody else is not a positive thing."

State Senator Brian Pettyjohn (R - Georgetown) also opposes legalization, but acknowledges the split between North and South.

"The health effects, the long term effects I think point to not supporting the former legalization of marijuana," he explained. "In the general assembly, Sussex County as a block pretty much can vote against one bill and Kent and New Castle County will still carry the weight and pass any type of legislation, so as long as the discussion is there the opposition is known i think we will do our jobs in moving that conversation forward."

As of now, Governor Jack Markell opposes legalization of marijuana. In Delaware, medical marijuana is legal, and the first dispensary is set to open next year.



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