Poll: US majority favors legal medical pot use, pills for PTSD

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A large majority of American voters say doctor-prescribed medical marijuana use should be legal and U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD should be able to get prescriptions for it, a Quinnipiac University National poll showed on Monday.

About 89 percent supported legal use of medical marijuana among adults if prescribed by a doctor, Quinnipiac said. The support topped 81 percent among every party, gender, age or racial group.

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About 87 percent support doctors prescribing marijuana in pill form for veterans suffering from PTSD, the poll found.

Eighty-two percent of those living in households with at least one veteran or member on active duty support marijuana for PTSD. Support was 79 percent or more among every group, Quinnipiac said.

"If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form," Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Tim Malloy said in a statement.

Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, Washington and Oregon plus the District of Columbia. Twenty-three states plus the capital allow some type of medical marijuana use.

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Alabama

No legalization of any kind

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Alaska

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use 

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Arizona

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Arkansas

No legalization of any kind 

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California

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Colorado

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use  

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Connecticut

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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Delaware

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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Florida

No legalization of any kind

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Georgia

No legalization of any kind

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Hawaii

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Idaho

No legalization of any kind

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Illinois

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Indiana

No legalization of any kind

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Iowa

No legalization of any kind

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Kansas

No legalization of any kind

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Kentucky

No legalization of any kind

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Louisiana

No legalization of any kind

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Maine

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Maryland

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Massachusetts

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Michigan

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Minnesota

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Mississippi

No legalization of any kind

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Missouri

No legalization of any kind 

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Montana

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Nebraska

No legalization of any kind 

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Nevada

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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New Hampshire

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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New Jersey

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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New Mexico

Marijuana legalized for medical use 

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New York

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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North Carolina

No legalization of any kind

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North Dakota

No legalization of any kind

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Ohio

No legalization of any kind

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Oklahoma

No legalization of any kind

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Oregon

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use  

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Pennsylvania

No legalization of any kind

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Rhode Island 

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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South Carolina

No legalization of any kind

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South Dakota

No legalization of any kind

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Tennessee

No legalization of any kind

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Texas

No legalization of any kind

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Utah

No legalization of any kind 

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Vermont

Marijuana legalized for medical use

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Virginia

No legalization of any kind

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Washington

Marijuana legalized for medical and recreational use 

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West Virginia 

No legalization of any kind

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Wisconsin

No legalization of any kind 

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Wyoming

No legalization of any kind

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State legislatures and voters in the United States have been more receptive to medical marijuana than to recreational use. The Quinnipiac poll said 54 percent believed that in general marijuana use should be legalized in the United States.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide from May 24 to 30 on landlines and cellphones. The margin of error was plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

In Florida, according to a Quinnipiac poll released on May 11, about 80 percent of voters surveyed said they would vote for a constitutional amendment this November allowing for medical marijuana.

In other national polls, increasing majorities have favored legalizing marijuana.

A CBS News poll taken in April found 56 percent of those surveyed in favor of legalizing marijuana, an all-time high that was up three points from last year. There also was greater support for doctors prescribing small amounts for patients suffering from serious illnesses, the poll said.

A Gallup poll released in October found 58 percent favored legalizing marijuana, the third straight year that sentiment exceeded 50 percent. This poll asked if respondents thought marijuana use should be legalized and did not focus on medical use.

(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Dan Trotta in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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