Nearly 90% of Americans — 81% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats — support the legal use of medical marijuana, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of 1,500 voters released on Monday.

For comparison, 55% of Americans think laws governing the sale of firearms should be more strict, 34% believe immigration to the U.S. should be decreased and 57% say their taxes are too high, according to the most recent Gallup polls.

Despite the strong polling numbers, medical marijuana legalization rarely comes up in the general election as candidates have more control over the conversation with fewer challengers, says Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a nonprofit organization.

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Kathleen Burke ~ Marketwatch.com ~

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