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Poll finds growing support for legalizing marijuana in NC

A growing number of North Carolina voters support legalization of marijuana, according to a new poll.

A recent Public Policy Polling survey found 63 percent believe doctors should have the right to prescribe marijuana for medical use – up from 58 percent a year ago.

But a plurality – 48 percent – still don’t think marijuana should be legal, as it is in Colorado and soon Washington, compared to 42 percent who believe it should be legal for adult purchase. The legalization figures is up from January 2013, when just 39 percent of voters supported it.

The Democratic firm’s poll was sponsored by the North Carolina chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.6 percent.

President Barack Obama recently said that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol, and a majority of North Carolina voters agree. The poll found that 53 percent of North Carolina voters think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, while 12 percent of voters see marijuana as being more dangerous and 23 percent view them as equally dangerous.

“The people of North Carolina are beginning to understand that marijuana is safer than alcohol and are eager for a change in how we spend our tax dollars and generate revenue in the state,” said Jon Kennedy with NC NORML.

The poll also found that 48 percent of North Carolina voters believe farmers should be allowed to grow industrial hemp, while 34 percent believe farmers should not be allowed to do so and 18 percent were not sure.