ALBANY Nearly nine out of 10 New York voters back the legalization of medicinal marijuana, according to a poll released Monday.
Quinnipiac University found 88 percent support allowing adults to use marijuana "for medical purposes if their doctor prescribes it," including 93 percent of Democrats and 82 percent of Republicans. Just nine percent were opposed, the survey found.
The poll also showed support for legalizing small amounts of recreational pot, with 57 percent of New York voters in favor and 39 percent against it.
"Medical marijuana is a no-brainer for New York State voters, and they also would follow Colorado in legalizing marijuana for fun," Quinnipiac pollster Maurice Carroll said.
In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to allow no more than 20 hospitals to prescribe marijuana for medical use under a 1980 law that allows the state to research experimental drugs. So far, at least 10 hospitals or health networks have expressed interest in the program, including the University of Rochester Medical Center, the White Plains Hospital and the Montefiore system, according to the Department of Health.
When asked whether they had used marijuana themselves, 47 percent of respondents said they had, according to Quinnipiac. A total of 51 percent said they had not, and three percent didn't know or declined to answer.
The poll was conducted between Feb. 6 and 10 and has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, according to Quinnipiac. In all, 1,488 New York voters were surveyed by phone.