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02-04-2013, 04:22 PM
Poll Finds Most Americans Support Treating Marijuana Like Alcohol; Even More Think the Feds Should Let States Do So (http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/31/poll-finds-most-americans-support-treati)
As the Obama administration mulls its response (http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/24/is-dojs-silence-on-marijuana-legalizatio) to marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington, the latest Reason-Rupe Public Opinion Survey (http://reason.com/assets/db/13595247617339.pdf) finds that most Americans think the federal government should not interfere. Asked if the feds should arrest people who use marijuana in the states that have legalized it, 72 percent of respondents said no. More strikingly, by a margin of 2 to 1, the respondents said the federal government should not arrest newly legal growers or sellers either. President Obama has said (http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/14/obama-on-marijuana-legalization-if-not-n) there are no plans to go after pot smokers, which the federal government almost never does anyway, but he has not said how state-licensed suppliers will be treated.

Opposition to federal interference was even stronger than support for legalization. While 47 percent favored "legalizing marijuana for recreational use" and 53 percent said "the government should treat marijuana the same as alcohol," 68 percent said the feds should leave state-legal growers alone and 64 percent said the same about state-legal sellers. These results indicate that some people who oppose marijuana legalization nevertheless believe the choice should be left to the states, as a consistent federalist would. Reflecting that tendency, most Republicans and self-identified conservatives supported (http://reason.com/assets/db/13595086738597.xls) marijuana prohibition, but most also said the federal government should not try to impose that policy on Colorado and Washington. These findings are similar to those of a CBS News poll (http://reason.com/blog/2012/12/04/new-survey-finds-record-majority-support) conducted last November, except that poll found even stronger federalist preferences among Republicans, 65 percent of whom said states should determine whether marijuana is legal within their borders, compared to 55 percent of Democrats, even though Democrats were more likely to say pot should be legal (51 percent vs. 27 percent). Over all, 59 percent of respondents in that poll said the feds should mind their own business, compared to around 66 percent (averaging the responses for growers and sellers) in the Reason-Rupe poll.

Read more at Reason: http://reason.com/blog/2013/01/31/poll-finds-most-americans-support-treati

So where do you guys stand?

The XL
02-04-2013, 04:32 PM
You know where I stand on this issue, haha.

02-04-2013, 04:51 PM
And everyone knows where I stand...

I am downright embarrassed. Here I live in British Columbia, Identified by a committee of the United Nations as a leading marijuana "exporting state" and Washington beat us to it. Washington!

Here, 77% of the province wants it legalized....but it is a pure federal issue as we have a national criminal code. Even then 67% of Canadians want it legalized...not just de-criminalized.

Please see this: http://thepoliticsforums.com/threads/1762-Will-the-Excited-States-Ever-enter-the-20th-Century-never-mind-the-21st

02-04-2013, 04:58 PM
I stand for it to be legalized, has anyone seen my cookies?

02-04-2013, 05:01 PM
I stand for it to be legalized, has anyone seen my cookies?

I ate them.

I think I did, I meant to anyway but then I got distracted with my new vaporizer. It has a little tiny fan that blows the vapor into a bag...and then you sip from the bag and then........

Let me get back to you on that one.......

02-04-2013, 05:02 PM

Says it all for me