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February 24, 2014

Attention 2016 Prez candidates: new poll says 87% in Ohio support use of medical marijuana

One of many reasons I thought Colorado's 2012 vote to legalize marijuana was such a big deal is because the Mile High state is something of a swing state in the national race for President and thus all 2016 candidate for Prez will need to have a somewhat more refined message on marijuana come the next national election than other recent candidates.  Additional reasons why would-be candidates for the Oval Office need to start working on their pot platform has emerged today via this new about a new poll from the ultimate swing state:

Ohio voters overwhelmingly approve of medicinal marijuana and narrowly support same-sex marriage, according to a poll released Monday.

A Quinnipiac University poll of Ohio voters found 87 percent support the use of medical marijuana while only 11 percent oppose. Ohio voters also narrowly approve of allowing adults to possess small amounts of the drug for personal use -- 51 percent in favor, 44 percent opposed. Two medical marijuana proposals are in the works, but it's unclear whether either will collect the more-than 385,000 signatures of valid Ohio voters required to put the issue before voters in November.

Twenty states and Washington, D.C. allow for medical marijuana programs and Colorado and Washington voters gave the green light for legal recreational use in 2012. Ohio voters say Colorado's legalization is bad for the state's image, with 37 percent of those polled saying it helps the state.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said Ohioans' views of marijuana are complicated. "Twice as many voters think alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana, and about half the state's voters think the two are equally harmful," Brown said in a statement.

Support is strongest among voters age 18 to 29, who approve of personal marijuana use 72 percent to 25 percent, but boomers and Gen-Xers say they've tried marijuana at a higher rate than younger voters.  More than half of Ohio voters -- 55 percent -- say they've never tried marijuana.

The poll surveyed 1,370 registered Ohio voters from Feb. 12-17 on land lines and cell phones, and the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

For a bunch of reasons, I think all polling numbers concerning views on marijuana are subject to lots of "noise" based on how the poll questions are posed. And, of course, at least until the 2014 mid-term elections take place, it is way too early to make too many predictions about 2016 candidates and issues. Nevertheless, these latest poll numbers from Ohio reinforce my view that the 2016 Prez campaign is sure to have a lot more serious and sophisticated discussion of federal marijuana laws, policies and practices than any other election cycle in memory.

Cross-posted at Marijuana Law, Policy and Reform

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"Attention 2016 Prez candidates: new poll says 87% in Ohio support use of medical marijuana."

I'll be happy to let the Democrats (or whoever wants to) run on support for pot, and let the Republicans run on opposition to Obamacare and the limp economic "recovery."

I'll take the results of such a race sight unseen.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Feb 24, 2014 9:15:07 PM

Bill Otis, I know this poll must hurt. And I know you're troubled that so many folks have health insurance now for the first time. But, look at the bright side: they caught "El Chapo."

Posted by: onlooker | Feb 25, 2014 1:55:21 AM

onlooker --

The poll hurts almost as much as the numerous polls on Prop 19 in California (a more liberal state) showing a big forthcoming victory for pot.

Say, could you remind me how that one turned out?

As for Obamacare, let me renew my promise: You druggies can run on promoting pot (and meth and whatever else you're into these days), and I'll run on opposing Obamacare, and I'll take the results sight unseen.

Will you?

Posted by: Bill Otis | Feb 25, 2014 3:49:49 AM

Onlooker stated: "Bill Otis, I know this poll must hurt. And I know you're troubled that so many folks have health insurance now for the first time."

You are living in double fantasy land. The impact of 87% supporting medical marijuana will have an impact on the election approaching zero. It is probably number 1,345 down the list of issues that influences votes.

Obamacare is a disaster. About a third of the "sign-ups" are the result of government fraud, pretending that putting an item in your shopping cart is the same as buying (paying for) it. A large part of the rest are people that the government had kicked off their previous insurance.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Feb 25, 2014 8:59:24 AM

If Obamacare marijuana treatment plays 'follow the liberal leader,' we might expect similar quality care:

*** Canada: wait two years for hip replacement surgery;

*** Great Britain: women/transgenders? wait for over two months before the follow-up exam after testing positive on a pap smear;

*** Sweden: wait up to 11 months for an ordinary diagnostic heart x-ray.

http://news.smh.com.au/national/man-pulls-own-tooth-after-long-wait-20080625-2wmu.html
(Old example from Down Under)

Posted by: Adamakis | Feb 25, 2014 9:12:35 AM

There are a lot of tobacco smokers out there. It may be redundant to call them dumb smokers but if they are smart smokers or not real dumb, then they know that smoking tobacco kills them. They then know that pot does not kill as surely as tobacco does. So how can they refuse some beatnick his addiction when they have their own. Some of them are also cross dressed. I think that the attention of the government ought to be on the dumb tobacco smokers who are not only killing themselves but killing our health care system. If they come in the ER Door or otherwise and it is learned that they are smokers then they ought to be put in the aint no cure ward and let em croak.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Feb 25, 2014 10:48:46 AM

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