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Public Opinion: Majority Support for Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, Poll Finds

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #612)
Drug War Issues

For the first time, a national public opinion poll has reported majority support for marijuana legalization. According to the poll by Angus-Reid Public Opinion, support for marijuana legalization now stands at 53% nationwide. The poll did not provide a regional breakdown.

In May, a Zogby poll reported support for legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana at 52% nationwide. The Angus-Reid poll asked only if respondents supported marijuana legalization.

In the Angus-Reid poll, among Democrats marijuana legalization garnered 61% support, with 55% of independents agreeing, and even 43% of Republicans.

Marijuana legalization bills have been introduced this year in California, Massachusetts, and Washington. California will also almost certainly have a legalization initiative on the ballot next November.

The poll also asked about legalizing other drugs. Fewer than one out of 10 respondents supported legalizing heroin, cocaine, meth, or Ecstasy. (More work to be done on that front.)

Finally, the poll asked whether the "war on drugs" has been a success or a failure. More than two-thirds (68%) said it has been a failure, with support for that position constant across geographic regions.

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George Walker (not verified)

OK, 53% think marijuana should be legalized. 68% see the War on (some) Drugs as a failure. So we can assume that 15% think we should continue a failed policy? America, gotta love it!

Fri, 12/11/2009 - 2:35pm Permalink
maxwood (not verified)

a. Chances are some breed of cannabis (more or less THC, CBD etc.) can be produced that does anything good any of those pHARMaceuticals offers anyway.

b. Start promoting Appropriate Equipment Industry: 25-mg.-serving-size dosage-regulation utensil (long-stemmed one-hitter), e-cigarette with cannabinoid formula, vaporizers etc. Handmaking 8 billion* utensils from wood, bamboo, clay, glass, metal etc. is the jobs program the Administration needs to keep its promises for the economy.

*US can create terrific export industry serving all smokers, including 1.2 billion $igarette addicts worldwide. Typical reforming addict will need several dosage-reduction utensils, one at bedside, one in the john, one in the car, one in the office etc. to combat urge for a $igarette anywhere it occurs. See wikiHow "How to Make Smoke Pipes out of Everyday Objects" and related articles.

Fri, 12/11/2009 - 3:24pm Permalink

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