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Polling Data

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to allow access to medical marijuana. This trend reflects increasing public support throughout the nation for allowing those with living with serious and debilitating diseases to access a medication that can relieve their suffering and prolong their lives. Support for patient access to medical marijuana in New York is exceptionally strong.

Public Support in New York

  • A 2014 Quinnipiac University poll found that 88 percent of all New Yorkers think allowing medical marijuana at the recommendation of a doctor is a good idea - with strong support amongst all groups.
    • For example, 58 percent of republicans favor medical marijuana
  • A  May 2013 poll by Siena Research Institute found that 82 percent of New York voters support allowing seriously and terminally ill people to legally use marijuana for medical purposes if recommended by a doctor.
  • 81 percent of Republicans and Democrats,  and 89 percent of Independents were in support.
  • A 2010 Quinnipac University poll found that 71 percent of all New Yorkers support allowing adults to legally use medical marijuana if recommended by a physician — and found majority support across all political, racial and regional groups.
    • For example, 55 percent of republicans favor medical marijuana, and 63 percent of voters over 65 support it.
  • A 2010 Cornell University Survey Research Institute poll found that 64 percent of New Yorkers support medical marijuana.
  • A 2005 poll by Siena Research Institute found that 76 percent of New Yorkers supported medical marijuana and also found support across political parties, racial groups, regions and ages.
    • 72 percent of Republicans, 79 percent of Independents and 80 percent of Democrats were in support.
    • 75 percent of Upstate, 78 percent of Suburban and 77 percent of New York City voters were in support.
  • A 2003 poll by Zogby found that 66 percent of New Yorkers supported medical marijuana.

Support for access to medical marijuana is also strong in the states neighboring New York.

All the states bordering New York, except Pennsylvania, have approved measures to make medical marijuana legal.

New Jersey


National Support

Nationally, support for medical marijuana is very strong, with polls consistently finding that between 70 and 80 percent of Americans think medical marijuana should be made available to patients who need it: