NEW YORK (PIX11) — New Yorkers overwhelmingly favor medical marijuana, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
Eighty eight percent of state voters said they support allowing adults to legally use marijuana if their doctor prescribes it.
“Poll after poll has shown that a majority of New Yorkers, Democrats, Republicans, upstate, downstate, suburban, urban, rural, everyone supports this thing,” said Gabriel Sayegh of the New York Drug Policy Alliance.
For Manhattan resident Beverly McClain, legalization is not about recreation.
“I have stage 4 breast cancer which means I cannot be cured and I know in my life its made a big difference.”
Last month Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he’ll allow up to 20 New York hospitals to prescribe marijuana in a tightly controlled program. But some say it’s too little, too late.
“The state has been considering the Passionate Care Act care and its been under consideration for many years now the assembly has passed it,” Sayegh explained. “The governor has come out and said he’ll sign it if its delivered to his desk were just waiting on the Senate to act.”