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Growing Majority Of Granite Staters Support Loosening Marijuana Laws

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A growing majority of Granite Staters support loosening state laws on marijuana, according to a survey from WMUR and the University of New Hampshire.

Sixty percent of residents support legalizing marijuana. That’s up from 54 percent a year ago. Support is strongest among liberals, younger adults and non-churchgoers.

If it were legalized, an even bigger majority – 70 percent – favor selling pot at licensed outlets and taxing it, similar to the way the state sells alcohol.

And 72% support decriminalization, or ending jail time for getting caught with small amounts of the drug. That change is supported by sizeable majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans.

A bill to decriminalize marijuana failed to pass the state senate this year, and Governor Maggie Hassan had threatened to veto it.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.
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