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December 12, 2011

Notable new pot legalization poll numbers from two states

This piece at the Drug War Chronicle, headlined "Marijuana Legalization Fares Well in CO, MA Polls," reports on some new pot polling. Here are excerpts:

Two polls released late last week show strong support for marijuana legalization in Colorado and Massachusetts. Both states have already decriminalized the possession of small amounts of pot, and activists in both states are working toward legalization. In Colorado, an effort to put a legalization initiative on the ballot next year is well underway, while in Massachusetts, this year's emphasis is on legalizing medical marijuana.

In Massachusetts, a DAPA Research poll conducted for the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/NORML found that 58% support legalizing marijuana and regulating it like other agricultural commodities with sales prohibited to underage persons. The figure was 69% for Democrats, 44% for Republicans, and 54% for "other."

Support for legalization rose to 62% when respondents were asked if a proposed law would tax and regulate the cultivation and distribution of marijuana to adults like the state currently regulates alcohol. The figure was 70% for Democrats, 56% for Republicans, and 60% for "other."

The poll also found that 54% opposed the federal government disregarding state laws in states that legalize marijuana, while only 35% supported the federal government disregarding state law....

In Colorado, a Public Policy Polling survey asked "in general, do you think marijuana usage should be legal or illegal," and legal won by a margin of 49% to 40%. A similar question about medical marijuana showed support at 68%, with only 25% saying it should be illegal. No cross tabs were available for the poll....

The poll sends a mixed message for Colorado legalizers. It demonstrates that marijuana legalization is more popular than pot prohibition in the Rocky Mountain State, but not quite popular enough to win at the polls next year. The conventional wisdom among initiative experts is that they should be polling at 60% or above before the campaign begins.

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"...and in other news, a poll conducted for the Ku Klux Klan found growing support for bringing back segregation..."

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 12, 2011 3:58:58 PM

Who is this Bill Otis nut? Is he some crusader in the war on drugs? And/or is he one of the typical country club Republicans who preaches small government, but whose ideology breaks down when it comes to matters about which he thinks he knows best, like the idiotic drug war?

How genuinely offensive to equate the people of Massachusetts and Colorado with the KKK, simply because a majority of those people have the sense to support getting the overly intrusive government out of the lives of people who ingest a harmless herb.

Posted by: Occupy the Drug War | Dec 12, 2011 11:15:17 PM

Occupy the Drug War --

Is there some reason I should care about what you find offensive? I generally don't spend a lot of time getting worked up about the opinions of anonymous Internet phantoms.

If a point be made of it, however, you might put down the bong long enough to learn to read. I said absolutely nothing about the people of Massachusetts or Colorado. I noted that a poll commissioned and released by a group with a pre-existing point of view is likely to reflect that point of view.

P.S. Is it "genuinely offensive" of you to look down your nose at the people of the great majority of states that do not have, and are not considering, drug legalization? Tut, tut, tut.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 13, 2011 11:43:04 AM

"..."genuinely offensive" of you to look down your nose at the people of the great majority of states that do not have, and are not considering, drug legalization? "

It's also genuinely offensive that you also look down your nose at the states that are considering legalization...tut, tut, tut.

Posted by: counterpoint | Dec 14, 2011 12:39:04 PM

counterpoint --

Since you anonymous druggies make a vocation out of being offended, I'm just not all that concerned that you're -- guess what!! -- offended.

Put down the bong and get a life.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 14, 2011 4:56:02 PM

'Put down the bong and get a life.'

Better yet, it might be advantageous for all if you just bought a bong and got a life yourself.

Posted by: counterpoint | Dec 14, 2011 7:23:45 PM

Thanks so much, counterpoint, but I have a fine life, one achieved without relying on a bong, or heroin or meth or whatever else you find groovy, and a life in which I have enough respect for the country to obey its laws even when I disagree with them.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Dec 14, 2011 11:39:48 PM

"I have enough respect for the country to obey its laws even when I disagree with them."

The halo you wear is so becoming and makes quite a fashion statement also, Happy Holidays.

Posted by: counterpoint | Dec 15, 2011 1:49:09 PM

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