Poll: Mass. voters lean toward legalizing marijuana, rejecting charter school expansion

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Eight weeks from election day, Massachusetts voters favor proposals to legalize marijuana and add protections for farm animals and are leaning against a proposed expansion of charter schools and a plan clearing the path for a second slots parlor, according to a survey from the MassINC Polling Group.

The poll released Tuesday, Sept. 13, through WBUR shows the highest margin goes to Question 3, where 66 percent of voters surveyed want requirements for animal products grown and sold in Massachusetts prescribing adequate room for egg-laying hens, veal calves and pigs. Only 25 percent opposed that measure.

Marijuana is used by patients to treat several maladies, including pain associated with end-stage cancer.

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Marijuana is used by patients to treat several maladies, including pain associated with end-stage cancer.

The divide is closer on Question 4 legalizing marijuana and Question 2, which would allow for 12 new charter schools annually regardless of existing statutory caps. Neither side in those questions cracked the 50 percent mark with the charter question failing 41 percent to 48 percent and the marijuana question favored by 50 percent and opposed by 45 percent. The margin of error in the poll is 4.4 percent.


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