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More Northern Virginians support legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults than in any other region in the state, according to a new statewide survey by the University of Mary Washington. 

The survey showed that 65% of those polled in Northern Virginia support legalizing pot for adults. The region of the state showing the lowest support -- Northwest Virginia – still had a majority, or 52%, backing legalization.

Statewide, the survey reported that 61% of Virginians support legalization and 34% are opposed. The rest were uncertain. The survey, conducted by Research America Inc. for the University of Mary Washington, polled 1,009 Virginia adults between Sept. 3 and Sept. 15 with a margin of error of 3.1%, according to a news release.

A majority of voters in all five regions of the state support legalization, according to the survey.

The results show a sharp increase from a 2017 UMW survey, in which 39% of respondents favored legalizing pot for personal use.

“The latest Mary Washington survey demonstrates – to quote Bob Dylan, ‘the times they are a-changin’ – here in the Old Dominion,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Roughly three-quarters (72%) of Democratic respondents in the Virginia survey favored legalization, compared to 62% of independents and 41% of Republicans. Two-thirds (66%) of African Americans support legalization, as do 58% of whites and 72% of Latinos.

Legalization was unpopular among Virginians 65 years of age and older, generating 36% support. A majority of all other age groups support legalization, including 80% of those respondents under the age of 25.

Possession of marijuana is illegal under federal law throughout the U.S., even though about a dozen states and the District of Columbia have reversed state laws that prohibited marijuana for recreational use. 

Some states, like Virginia, have granted permission for some producers to begin selling medical cannabis products for certain medical conditions. Five medical marijuana facilities are slated toopen in Virginia at the end of 2019, including one in Manassas,following the passage of state laws allowing doctors to issue medical cannabis “certifications” to patients in need.

Three bills that would have decriminalized marijuana and two that would have legalized its recreational use were killed by a majority Republican subcommittee in the Virginia House of Delegates earlier this year. All three Democrats on the subcommittee voted for decriminalization, and two of the three voted to legalize it. 

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Just what we need. Legal pot heads running around the State. Yet they are concerned about Vaping! Confusing, isn't it? We have become a State with no morals or principals


ccw, What do you have against, 'tattoo', and what does, 'tattoos', have to do with this article. I think, 'tattoos', are great.


Where did I say that I have anything against tattoos? I assumed that the good professor was right when he said, “the times they are a-changin’ – here in the Old Dominion,” so I weighted my comment somewhat on what I see here and there these days.

A quick trip to any local stores or shopping malls reveals streams of (mostly) younger people who looked like Pablo Picasso used their bodies for an oil paint pallet. Combined with all of those things that hang down from their ears, eyelids, noses and lips that make them look like they ran into a nail gun I also reckoned that it's just the woke generation's fashion these days which also typically includes the usual misinformed pitches for legalized marijuana.

But the clincher that convinced me for the comprehensive 1009 survey comment is their dueling smartphones. One in each rear pocket just above the bleached out rips that spin around and around down both legs while they're scurrying to the parlor or vape outlet. It seems logical to me that one of those smartphones must be dedicated to surveys.

No Faye if you like tattoos go for it. But hopefully one day sometime in the future you won't be sitting in the patient waiting room when your family physician comes out of his / her office and says, “I'm afraid I have some bad news for you....” Those kinds of times never change and they are never great.


Incredible one thousand and nine adults. Anyone know if Research America counted how many visible tattoos these seasoned citizens had?

Let's see 1009 adult people with an average of 5 visible tattoos that go for $1,000 each adds up to at least $5,045,000 that went up in smoke. We still don't know how many really neat hidden tattoos those 1009 adults have, what they cost or how many of those 02 ounce super energy bottles they buy everyday at 7-Elevens and gas stations. And they still need more recreation to boot?

So now Virginia plans on legalizing what has already been going on for many years. Think not? Wait until the first one to two inch snow fall comes then drive through any blue-chip housing development and count the roofs where the snow quickly melts off.

In any event it's nice that the University of Mary Washington and their good wizard professor are on the ball and fully up to speed with what's Woke these days. Were it not for their surveys The Prince William Times and Inside Nova publications would be considerably handicapped.

Whatever happened to take two aspirins and go back to work?

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