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April 10, 2014

New Jersey voters are evenly divided on whether the state should legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, according to a recent Quinnipiac University Poll.

Men are far more in favor of legalization -- 54 percent to 43 percent -- than women, who oppose it by about the same margin (52 percent to 43 percent). Only those over the age of 65 were less likely to support legalization (63 percent vs. 33 percent), with every other cohort supporting the idea by at least 51 percent.

When asked if they had every tried marijuana, 56 percent of respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 said "Yes," and 50 percent of those between the ages of 50 and 64 said "Yes." A minority of those between 30 and 49, and over 65 said they had tried the drug.

What’s more, 50 percent of New Jerseyans did not see marijuana as a gateway drug and only 16 percent believe it is more dangerous than alcohol. If it should become legal, 60 percent said they wouldn’t be bothered by neighbors growing marijuana in their homes.

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