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New Jersey Residents Favor Pot Over Online Gambling

A recent poll conducted in New Jersey found that more residents support the legalized recreational use of marijuana than those who favor online gambling.

A PublicMind poll undertaken at Fairleigh Dickinson University discovered that 41% of 734 registered voters in the state are behind smoking weed if it were legal to do so. Only 32% support placing wagers online even though that activity has been legally available since Nov. 26.

“The public’s attitude was, for several years, warming up to online gambling,” said Krista Jenkins, director of the survey. “But there has been a clear change in direction now that the practice has actually been legalized.”

It is believed that overkill with regard to online gambling marketing efforts has turned off a number of New Jersey residents. Several Atlantic City casinos have inundated the area with advertisements aimed at getting more players to gamble online. While over 150,000 player accounts have been established at the state’s Internet gaming sites, a majority of the population has yet to be swayed.

Just 10 months ago, 46% of New Jersey respondents opposed online gambling. That number climbed to 57% in this recent poll taken the week of Jan. 20-26, the Idaho Statesman reported. The earlier survey was done right after Governor Chris Christie signed online gambling legislation.

Lawmakers look at such polls in an effort to determine public opinion with regard to potential legislation. If future polls indicate that support for marijuana is on the rise, it could signal time for a change.

The legalized use of marijuana took center stage this past weekend in New Jersey as the NFL Super Bowl was played there between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. The teams come from the only two states in the U.S. that have legalized marijuana recreationally, Washington and Colorado.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.