Another Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Has Overwhelming Support

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Can't hear, won't hear. Nuh-uh, uh-uh.
If only President Barack Obama was marijuana, then he'd win reelection by a landslide.

Marijuana legalization enjoys a 20-point advantage in the polls among American adults, according to a recent survey Rasmussen Reports. Fifty-six percent of Americans polled support the notion of marijuana being taxed and regulated like alcohol or tobacco, with 36 percent in opposition (8 percent of respondents are unsure, somehow. We envy their unspoiled opinions.).

Those keeping score will note that this is yet another poll indicating strong support for doing away with, or at least reforming drastically, current American marijuana policy. The question remains: If so many citizens want to legalize pot, when -- if ever -- will it finally happen?

The poll queried 1,000 likely voters via telephone on May 12. Respondents were asked 18 yes-or-no questions, such as:
The United States is the leading consumer of illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine. Some foreign policy experts argue that the U.S. consumer demand for illegal drugs is a primary cause of the drug violence and gang warfare in Mexico and Central America. Is the U.S. consumption of illegal drugs a major factor in the drug violence in Mexico and Central America?
Turns out, cocaine legalization is still the fringiest of causes, with only 11 percent of respondents favoring the idea of a businss model for an actually-profitable Instagram (not our joke, but we'll happily steal it). Still, 47 percent said they'd support legalization of pot and cocaine if it meant reducing border violece and cartel killings.

Fifty-eight percent support the selling of pot in pharmacies only, with a margin of error of three points. It's interesting to note people's interest in a tightly controlled market model, even if they're reluctant to accept a taxed and regulated cannabis product.

The news here is perhaps that there is no news. A Gallup poll last fall already revealed that a record number of Americans favored legalization of marijuana. And the backers of failed marijuana legalization ballot measure Regulate Marijuana Like Wine insisted that they were very close to polling at 60 percent in favor -- the threshold necessary for big-time donors to start throwing money at a ballot initiative campaign.

Time and again Americans weary of the Drug War have been told that it's only a matter of time before civic leaders heed citizens' desires and change American marijuana policy.

But there's reason to worry: Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), both longtime marijuana banner-wavers in Congress, are both retiring. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney isn't open to even considering the question, and if he's truly representative of the right, then we can only assume the rest of the country won't even approach the idea. And Obama's trip to South America made non-lurid headlines, too: He said drug legalization is a straight-up no-no.

Then again, politicians unwilling to take risky stands might be swayed by Washington and Colorado, both of which will consider legalization on their state ballots this fall. If either one wins -- or if either one fares better than California's Prop. 19 did in 2010 -- political will might just begin to appear.

"I think we'll start to see a lot more politicians who have agreed with us only behind closed doors feeling more comfortable in pushing these sensible reforms in public" if those efforts win, said Tom Angell, spokesman for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of current and ex-cops seeking an end to the drug war. "In order for us to translate polling support into policy change, the movement needs help politicians understand in very tangible terms that supporting reform is good politics."

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Patricehickox
Patricehickox

legalization is the answer..."let my people grow!"

Klaus Vorman
Klaus Vorman

Alcohol prohibition was a resounding failure. But marijuana prohibition, medical or recreational, continues to draw billions of tax dollars?!?

Now 17 states have medical Mj. Are we winning this war?It will be legalized when we are so broke that the politicians will legalize on a cost basis.Just like the great depression brought about the end to alcohol prohibition

Mark
Mark

to hell with medical marijuana.. Its damn time that our reps in washington d.c.,which by the way by the way endorses medical..Complete and total legalization will be the only process by which we the people will be satisfied. the hypocrits that sit on their hardwood chairs, coughing and waiting for happy hour down the street. time to wake up and smell the Kush. would you rather see your children going out, downing a 12-pack then driving. we all know what happens then. or would you rather see your children filling a bowl, sitting back tokin it down, and kickin back and laugh and have a good mellow time ? it doesnt take long for me to answer.what more to say. get behind and push their asses to vote with a confident and unabiding YES for total legalization. Nothing less Doc

Fairshare
Fairshare

we can legalize this stuff, if everyone is willing to pay their fair share.

Elizabeth Frantes
Elizabeth Frantes

Love legalization, hate taxation.  The idea of just taxing and taxing and taxing things isn't working at all.  If you make the taxes so high that it's cheaper to buy on the black market, you're not doing any good at all.  And you have to remember that it doesn't matter what state laws we pass so long as Congress won't change the Schedule law.  So, stop voting for Pelosi et al those "liberals" who won't even talk about pot in Congress, let alone do anything useful.  The current practice of taxes, "fees" etc on dispensaries and patients not only is unfair, because no other drugs are taxed, but in fact racketeering by elected and appointed officials, under Federal law.  So, ya gotta ask yourself, why aren't the feds going after Leno, Tommyknocker, etc?  Maybe if some state and local politicians got busted and dragged into Federal court, Pelosi et al might do something useful to protect their widdle pals!  For sure none of them gives a damn about sick people, since almost all of the real patients CAN'T AFFORD THE HIGH PRICES AND THE TAXES ON TOP OF IT and no one is doing anything to make sure all patients have actual access.  That means, they can afford to pay for it.  If we can give free or very cheap pharmaceutical drugs out to all patients who need them, why do we think that sick, impoverished, often homeless patients have the $400 per month that enough pot costs?  Thanks to Jerkarimi, local clubs that gave away pot to indigent patients had to shut down because they just couldn't afford the costs imposed on them.  So, our "friends" in City hall shut down a lot more clubs than the DEA ever could.  

hal
hal

vote RON PAUL or were fucked

Arnie
Arnie

The main problem with "Barry" and weed is his hypocritical stance. 20 years ago he was an avid pot smoker in Hawaii...well documented. He and his "gang" were known for heavy weed smoking. Here lies the problem. He knows it is a mild (relatively) drug, and yet refuses to make any headway in the legalization department. It only shows that he is a mouth piece for the powers that be.

nazmunnaher
nazmunnaher

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cantalicio
cantalicio

We are spending $500 a second on a failed drug policy. This is insane. There is a better alternative than flushing money down the drain. Legalize marijuana and regulate other drugs with a humane and resonable treatment program of addiction. It's the only effective alternatives the current madness.

Jose Gonzales
Jose Gonzales

More proof that the representative democracy that we try to force on other countries is just a joke here in America.

Walter Brummund
Walter Brummund

Tax marijuana like alcohol, give the tax proceeds to the school districts to improve education. 

Duncan20903
Duncan20903

He should have been using his middle fingers in the picture.

mthrsdva
mthrsdva

 they are not his fingers - but the fingers of some white guy

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

The future depends on whether or not enough of us are willing to take a long look at the tragic results of prohibition. If we continue to skirt the primary issue while refusing to address the root problem then we can expect no other result than a worsening of the current dire situation. - Good intentions, wishful thinking and pseudoscience are no match for the immutable realities of human nature.

Many important advancements in human society (even the reasonable requirement that gynecologists wash their hands before examining a patient) have been vehemently resisted by unconscionable, selfish individuals who were willing to use outright mendacity, specious logic and fear mongering to sacrifice the well-being of the rest of us.

Never have so many been endangered and impoverished by so few so quickly!

Oldsmoothiebot59
Oldsmoothiebot59

 i see the polls. i keep wondering, where the true tipping point is? 60%, 70%, more? how does popularity become policy. via politics, or the courts. if obama reschedules pot to 3 or below, pot will quickly advance, if not, the courts and that is a slow path for sure, and loaded with republicans in the middle.  either way, legal or not, i have always gotten mine, and will continue to. caio.

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