Thursday, December 6, 2012

Poll says even larger majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 1:26 PM

A release from the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy organization, says that a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling between Nov. 30 and Dec. 2 shows that 58 percent of respondents agree that marijuana should be legal, an increase from the former high of half. Also, 50 percent said they think the federal government will legalize the substance in the next 10 years, and 4 -percent said they think President Barack Obama should not interfere in recent laws passed here and in Washington state.

"These results demonstrate that the American people do not want the federal government to interfere in state marijuana laws," says Steve Fox, the director of government relations for MPP, in a statement. "More than 55 percent of voters in Colorado and Washington have elected to regulate the sale of marijuana, rather than have the market controlled by gangs and cartels. The Obama administration should not undermine their rational action by putting profits back in the hands of criminals. Now is the time to respect the people of Colorado and Washington and their desire to opt out of the failed policy of marijuana prohibition."

In a separate statement, Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority as well as the media-relations director for the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, echoed MPP.

"Marijuana prohibition's days are numbered," he says. "New prominent voices are joining the chorus calling for change every day. Most thoughtful politicians have known for a long time that our marijuana prohibition laws are broken, but until recently the issue was considered too controversial to speak out about. Now more elected officials are beginning to realize that working to repeal failed status quo policies is not only the right thing to do, but that there's a large and growing constituency of voters who will have their backs in case out-of-touch opponents decide to launch stale 'soft on crime' attacks."

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