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University of Delaware Poll Finds Majority of State Supports Legalizing Marijuana

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A new poll from the University of Delaware found 61 percent of residents in the First State would support legalizing the use of marijuana.

The poll from the university's Center for Political Communication also found a majority of Delawareans support the death penalty for murder, the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage. The survey collected responses from 900 people, 450 of whom were reached on landline phones while the others participated via cellphone lines.

Delaware decriminalized possession of a small amount of marijuana in many situations last year, though any discussion of legalization would occur under a new governor.

The Democratic and Republican candidates running for governor have differed on the issue of legalization.

Cerron Cade, a campaign spokesman for Congressman John Carney, said the Democratic nominee for governor supports the recent decriminalization law but wants to wait and see how it performs before considering legalization.

Republican Colin Bonini, a state senator from Kent County, said he supports legalization because he said the state has already decriminalized it, suggesting it could improve public safety and could be taxed to improve state revenue.

"My point is the public policy decision has already been made so let's do it right and go with full legalization so we can regulate it and keep it out of the hands of young people and drive drug dealers out of business," he said.

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