Party Of The Right
August 13, 2007
Jay Jochnowitz, State Editor, Albany Times-Union (NY)
Turns out Conservative Party members in New York are ok with marijuana — medical marijuana, at least — according to a new poll.
New Yorkers for Compassionate Care says a Mason-Dixon poll of 500 registered Conservatives in NY showed 55 percent supported a bill that would legalize marijuana for medical use, compared with 35 percent who opposed it. The bill has passed the Assembly.
The release from the group quotes a registered Conservative, Joel Peacock, who is said to rely on $36,000 worth of presciption drugs a year to deal with chronic pain from a 2001 car accident: “Support for this issue cuts across party lines. Addressing the needs of the suffering isn’t a liberal or conservative issue; it’s a matter of simple human compassion.”
The group also noted that earlier polls, including one by Siena Research Institute in 2005, have shown “strong, nonpartisan support for allowing medical marijuana.'’