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Yawn, majority favor marijuana legalization

Marijuana Legalization Supported By A Growing Majority

The survey, released last week from online polling data company CivicScience, asked more than 450,000 U.S. adults over the last two years this question: “Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?”

Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they support marijuana legalization — with 39 percent saying they “strongly support” and 19 percent saying they “somewhat support” reformed marijuana laws in their states. Thirty-five percent oppose legalization of marijuana — with 29 percent “strongly” opposing and 6 percent “somewhat” opposing laws that would regulate marijuana like alcohol. Seven percent of respondents had no opinion on the issue.

The surprising part of this news is… it’s really not a surprise. Majority support is now where we live.

That doesn’t mean we can rest, and we still have a huge way to go on the larger issue of drug legalization, but boy, it sure is nice to be at a place where a poll like this is merely… ho hum.

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10 comments to Yawn, majority favor marijuana legalization

  • Ned

    A popular majority no longer means anything in National policy changing. Support for background checks for gun purchases ran above 80% and still FAILED in the Senate. Aside from ones position on that, it’s telling. What it says to me is that to reverse a status quo, supported by powerful special interests, a fat popular majority is practically meaningless against real money from special interests.

    It’s at the Federal level where the obstruction lies. Until that nut is cracked we will be doing essentially this same thing indefinitely. Until big checks from pro legalization interests pour into Congressional campaigns, popular majorities will be page 10 news. How that happens I don’t know.

    • Windy

      The difference between background checks for gun purchases and relegalizing marijuana is that gun rights are supposedly guaranteed and protected by the Constitution (“shall not be infringed”, any restriction, even background checks, IS an infringement of an unalienable right) and marijuana criminalization is clearly unconstitutional (the government was never granted the power, in the enumerated powers listed in the Constitution, to tell people they may not ingest particular substances; it is NOT under the purview of the fed gov to mandate, regulate, or prohibit ANY drugs, foods, or drink).

  • Pricknick

    I’ve waited a long time for ho hum.

  • divadab

    And the 29% strongly opposing legalization are the same reactionary authoritarian brainwashed folks who could most benefit from cannabis in their lives. To help them take a look around and think for themselves for a change.

    PT Barnum was right – there are some people you can fool all the time – they’re the 29%.

  • Ned

    Windy, I knew someone would miss my point and latch on to the example. My point was that a significant popular opinion majority means little these days. The Senate was unswayed by the massive support. The Senate did not ignore that overwhelming support because a majority of Senators share your interpretation of the 2nd Amendment. They did it because of the fear they have of the gun lobby and the whether or not they might agree with you was secondary.

    The difference you are so eager to point out to me is completely irrelevant to my point.

  • divadab

    @Ned – the Senate is supposed to be able to make unpopular decisions from time to time – they’re supposed to be a check on the passions of the mob. That they are an oblivious and corrupt maintainer of the status quo at any cost is really an indictment of our ruling class in America – who never miss a chance to sell us out to whatever moneyed interest buys them their jobs and maintains their obscene privilege.

    It’s sad and terrible that we have a traitorous ruling class in this country, who put the profits of stateless fictitious entities above the welfare of the citizens of the Republic.

    • Windy

      Constitutionally the Senate was supposed to represent the individual States, the 17th Amendment notwithstanding, popular vote to elect Senators is clearly NOT what the Founders wanted. We’d ALL be better off if the 17th Amendment (and the 16th and …) were repealed (which would take another amendment).

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