Poll: Pennsylvania split on legalizing pot

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When it comes to whether marijuana should be legalized, voters in Pennsylvania are divided, but show strong support for its medicinal qualities.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University found that 47 percent of residents support legalizing marijuana, while 49 percent oppose it, a result within the 3 percent margin of error.

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There are big differences across age and gender lines, the poll found. Voters under 34 years old want legalization 2-to-1. Voters over 65 oppose by the same margins. Men want legalization 52 to 44 percent. Women are opposed 53 to 43 percent.

The upside for weed advocates? Nine out of 10 voters support medical marijuana.

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Just 15 percent of people in the state said they would definitely or probably use marijuana if it were legalized.

The poll was conducted by Quinnipiac University, which surveys Pennsylvania because of its importance as a swing state in presidential politics.

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The results come as weed advocateshave chalked up a victory in Philadelphia. They have pushed hard for changes at the state level.

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