New Mexico poll: 3 out of 5 residents want recreational marijuana


Three out of five New Mexico residents support the legalization and taxation of recreational marijuana, according to poll results released Thursday.

The survey by Albuquerque-based Research & Polling Inc. found that 61 percent of residents would back legislation to legalize pot sales among adults 21 and over, while 28 percent were opposed.

“We just said straight up, ‘Do you support or oppose a bill that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana sales for adult use in New Mexico?'” said pollster Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling.

The telephone survey of 406 residents took place Jan. 8-13 and had a margin of error of 5 percentage points. The poll was commissioned by private and nonprofit groups including licensed marijuana producers and the decriminalization group Drug Policy Alliance.

The results showed stronger support for legalization of marijuana sales among men, Hispanics, adults under 35, Democratic and independent voters and those...

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