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QU Poll: Majority of Connecticut residents support recreational marijuana

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Some lawmakers at the state capitol aren’t shy about sharing their views on marijuana legalization. They’re not alone. A new Quinnipiac University poll found 63-percent of voting adults in the Nutmeg State support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.

Medical marijuana has already been legalized in 23 states, including Connecticut. In four states and the District of Columbia, recreational use of the drug is also legal. Could Connecticut be next?

Democratic representative Edwin Vargas and some other lawmakers think recreational use is on the horizon. Earlier this year, Vargas introduced a bill that would legalize pot for recreational use.

“People are realizing the war on drugs was a hypocritical thing to begin with,” said Vargas. “It’s destroyed three generations of young people in the inner cities and it’s time that we recognize that it’s been ineffective.”

Not everyone is completely sold on the idea. Some residents say the state should research what impact marijuana may have on people’s health. That said, some concede there could be benefits when it comes to the state’s bottom line.

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