From the Morning Memo:

A poll commissioned by the New York Medical Cannabis Association found broad support statewide for the state’s medical marijuana program, 63 percent to 19 percent.

The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group, also found strong support among black voters, 69 percent, and Hispanic voters, 73 percent.

The poll comes as lawmakers in Albany are considering a measure that would legalize marijuana for commercial sale and potentially expand the medical marijuana program.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal would combine the regulatory authority for retail and medical marijuana, as well as hemp, under a single government agency.

New Yorkers back marijuana legalization 63 percent to 35 percent, with 44 percent of voters saying they strongly agree.

The state’s medical marijuana program has grown in recent years to cover more illnesses and is currently overseen by the Department of Health.

The poll found 68 percent of voters believe in-state businesses already licenses to grow and sell medical marijuana should be licensed to grow and sell it for the broader retail program. That provision could prove key for existing medical marijuana businesses amid concerns that broader legalization will have on the industry.

The poll also found voters believe existing dispensaries for medical marijuana should be allowed to sell cannabis under the retail program in order to have the public access pharmacists under the medical marijuana program, 65 percent to 29 percent.

At the same time, Cuomo this week proposed using some of the sales tax revenue from marijuana sales in New York City to shore up mass transit as part of a congestion pricing proposal that has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Still, some lawmakers have raised questions in recent days about the effect legalization would have on traffic safety. There have also been calls to use the money to aid communities impacted by drug laws, something Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said should be a priority.

And there are the more complex criminal justice concerns that are raised by legalization, including the possible expunging of records for low-level offenses.

The poll of 600 registered voters was conducted from Jan. 23 to Jan. 27. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Updated: The group Smart Approaches to Marijuana New York in a statment criticized the poll.

“A poll paid for by the Big-Tobacco-backed pot industry lobbying to make a profit off addiction lacks all credibility. New Yorkers aren’t clamoring for high-potency weed or pot shops on every corner. Parents, doctors, teachers, addiction specialists law enforcement and other groups are opposing legalization because they know another industry that targets minorities and young people isn’t what our communities need. Decriminalization, which is not addressed in the poll, as opposed to commercialization is the best way to right social wrongs without adding to our public health and addiction crisis.”