Simon, born in West Virginia and a graduate of West Virginia University, said, "Our state is ready for a serious conversation about this compassionate legislation, and we hope it receives a fair hearing.
"A majority of voters agree that it's time to stop criminalizing people who use marijuana responsibly to treat their conditions and alleviate their pain."
The new PPP poll also found a plurality of West Virginia voters support legislation to remove criminal penalties, and possible jail time, for marijuana possession by all adults, replacing those penalties with a minor infraction and fine, like a parking ticket.
The full results of the PPP survey, held between Jan. 7 and Jan 9, are available at: http://tinyurl.com/aplpspd.
The Marijuana Policy Project is the nation's largest marijuana policy reform group. It has been responsible for most of the policy reforms passed by state legislatures since 2000.
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