Students Present Research on Attitudes Toward Marijuana

Andrea Blasdale and Kristen Salera

4/5/2011

Two Sociology students presented the results of a five-month research project on Suffolk students' attitudes about marijuana decriminalization at the recent Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

A sample of Suffolk students indicated that the majority of students are open-minded about the liberalization of marijuana laws in Massachusetts and would consider supporting medical use and taxation.

Eighty-seven percent of Suffolk students support the Massachusetts law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana, according to results obtained by students Andrea Blasdale and Kristen Salera. The results were taken from a sample of 92 students.

Seventy-nine percent would be in favor of legislation that would permit the physician-prescribed medical use of marijuana and 65 percent think the drug should be taxed if legalized, thereby creating additional revenue for the state.

The research also indicated a small increase in marijuana usage since the law was enacted in 2009.

The research was sponsored by the Center for Crime and Justice Policy Research under the guidance of its co-director, Sociology Professor Maureen Norton-Hawk.

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