Regional News: Journal Poll: New Mexicans back legalizing cannabis

Dean Hanson/Albuquerque Journal

By Dan Boyd | Albuquerque Journal

While debate on the issue simmers at the Roundhouse, most New Mexico adults continue to support legalizing recreational marijuana use and taxing its sales, a new Journal Poll has found.

Sixty-one percent of adults surveyed over the last week said they support New Mexico becoming the 12th state in the nation to legalize cannabis, while 33% said they oppose the idea. The rest either had mixed feelings or declined to answer.

The biggest predictor on New Mexicans’ feelings about marijuana legalization was age, as those ages 18 to 49 were far more likely to support the idea than those ages 50 and older.

“There’s a big divide based on age,” said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., which conducted the poll. “Attitudes toward marijuana legalization are definitely generational.”

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