A new poll from Western New England University found that 57% of Massachusetts voters support the ballot question to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, with only 35% opposed. 7% remain undecided (1% declined to give an answer). Full results here.
This 22-point lead bodes very well for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, and makes sense given that the state approved both marijuana legalization and medical marijuana with 63% support. Other states’ forays into regulating marijuana are going very well, so voters are comfortable with Massachusetts following their lead and realizing the tax and justice benefits seen in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon (Alaska has also passed legalization, but dispensaries have not yet opened).
Also today, it was announced that Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh of Boston, and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo are forming a committee to campaign against the initiative, claiming it will increase youth use and worsen the opioid epidemic. These are both demonstrably false, as Colorado and Washington haven’t seen an increase in youth use and states with legal marijuana actually have fewer, not more, opiate overdose deaths.
Only time will tell what opposing a highly popular initiative with tired, incorrect fear-mongering does for the popularity of the three politicians.