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Dec. 10 2009 - 7:51 pm | 1,700 views | 0 recommendations | 18 comments

The marijuana majority emerges

marijuanagolightToday is a green letter day for drug policy reformers.

According to an Angus Reid poll, 53 percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana. A further 68 percent of respondents said that the war on drugs has been a “failure.”

The poll represents a significant leap from an October Gallup poll which found 44 percent in favor of legalization. That’s a nine percent swing in under two months.

While it’s certainly possible the two polling firms’ sampling methodologies would tend to produce differing results, such a disparity is hard to ignore.

It’s not as if a rapid change in favor of legalization is without precedent, according to Gallup’s data. From 2006-2009, support for freeing the weed went up eight percent, from 36 to 44 percent. That rate of opinion growth is faster than any other time since the war on weed was launched. Faster than any time, it seems, but the last two months.

Perhaps a sampling of our own is in order. Care to (anonymously) declare where you stand on pot?

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    Valid medicinal value, it’s a victimless crime, the War on Drugs WAY too costly, too many arrests for simple possession, tax it and use the money to pay for health insurance and to reduce the deficit…Need I say more?

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    I would like to see Legalization, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana which is America’s largest cash crop. Like it or not, Americans enjoy getting high. The war on drugs is a failure. The amount of tax revenue being spent for enforcement, prosecution, punishment and/or incarceration is outrageously high. The associated violence is a result of the unlawful trade in one of America’s most popular products.

    Let’s take a lesson from the end of Prohibition. Legalization of alcohol inherently removed most of the bad guys who had profited from the illegal booze trade. They either faded into irrelevance or turned to legal means in order to do business. The icreased revenue due to taxation coupled with cutting the enormous costs of enforcement and incarceration will better serve our pot smoking populace.

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    Seems like more people want to get high than they want Obamacare

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    So then we should give the public whatever recreational agent they want…..

    How about lowering the drinking age when there is an epidemic of 12-14 yo binging at reclusive parties.

    And what is with the Calif cannabis medical application to treat Attention Deficit ADHD

    Did anyone bother to check in with independent docs who are persecuted for voicing dissent

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    “A further 68 percent of respondents said that the war on drugs has been a “failure.””

    A little proof-reading error here: The word “further” implies that 53%+63% said the the war on drugs has been a “failure.

    Of course it’s obvious what you meant – but phrasing it as “Furthermore, 68 percent of respondents said …” would have been better. Consider if you had written “a further 20% said that …”? In that case it’s ambiguous at best.

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