White House Polls Shows Marijuana Legalization More Popular Than Ever

June 4, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – According to story published by the marijuana-reform support site, Norml, marijuana legislation has been voted the most popular question in a White House poll.

The poll, which was run on the White House’s website in the last week of May, asked about what issues created the most issues in the general public. Marijuana reform ranked as the highest, showing a shift in public opinion.

For the first time, legalization (especially in a medical context) seems very likely, and the people are supporting an open and supportive discussion.

“For the Obama administration, marijuana law reform represents a political opportunity, not a political liability,” NORML executive Allen St. Pierre commented on the pole.

“Federal lawmakers from both parties would be wise to embrace the results of this and other polls and act accordingly.”


Comments

15 Responses to “White House Polls Shows Marijuana Legalization More Popular Than Ever”

  1. Pow on June 4th, 2009 6:42 pm

    I miss the Obama that want a machine, he used to e able to relate to the common citizen and would put the citizens issues befor political agendas, can’t believe this happened with him, bcut then again I’m
    Not surprised

  2. jeff on June 4th, 2009 7:06 pm

    Why do they have a picture of compost? 🙂

  3. Old Man Dotes on June 4th, 2009 7:10 pm

    It’s a revenue opportunity. When the US tried Prohibition (of alcohol), all the revenue went to organized crime; the repeal of Prohibition restored the tax revenue from legitimate liquor sales.

    Criminalization of marijuana has had the same effect; all the revenue from illegal pot sales goes to organized crime, providing them with the funds to hire fancy lawyers when they can’t shoot their way out of an arrest attempt.

  4. Responsible Tax Payer on June 4th, 2009 7:41 pm

    Legalize it. Treat it like alcohol plain and simple. End black market and violence.

    I’m so sick of the Gateway Drug Argument. Alcohol is the ULTIMATE GATEWAY DRUG. It’s probably 90% of people’s first buzz. And if they like it, the want more. None of my successful friends that smoke got into heavy drugs like coke.

    It’s a shame that the people who get addicted and kill themselves with crack & cocaine get wrapped in the same category as an adult that want to smoke a joint on a Friday night….. What a weird world.

    Once it’s legal it will be exciting for the first 3 months. After that, the people who smoke now, will probably smoke the same amount. And the people who won’t, simply won’t. Not much will change.

    And if treated like alcohol. Kids will have as much access to it as a 6 pack of beer. In otherwords, if regulated, kids can’t get it.

    So legalize it. And to the folks that say NO and that have never done it, what right do they have to judge it?

  5. Mr. Bob on June 4th, 2009 9:59 pm

    I wouldn’t count on the American Government to get this right, that is until they try every other wrong thing first. There’s still a lot of bull-arky to jibble jabble around with before they do the right thing and legalize it altogether.
    Maybe the next generation can get-er-done in about 20 years when lots of people are old and dead.

  6. MICKEY ONEILL on June 5th, 2009 2:51 am

    “Old” Irish Gal

    Let’s let it be legal, or at least decriminalize it. We would then have a win/win situation with less overcrowding in our jails and increased tax revenue. Obama will get things right. Go Obama!

  7. dronus on June 5th, 2009 4:47 am

    alot of bloggers neglect to say, “why is marijuana illegal.” instead of should marijuana be legal…and blah blah blah……..

  8. End the Prohibition on June 5th, 2009 7:01 am

    17 people are murdered every *day* as a direct result of the prohibition. Last year the cartels murdered more than 6,000 people in order to secure their marijuana profits from the U.S. So far this year they killed another 2,600. The American people don’t deserve to have these deaths on their conscience!

    We need to talk to our legislators today. Tell them to legalize the production and sale of marijuana to adults. Seventy years of prohibition has not reduced marijuana use. Legalize!

  9. John Smith on June 5th, 2009 4:47 pm

    I bet someone hacked the online poll. Its relatively easy to fake votes for this type of online poll. Some creative college students probably sent it an extra few million votes in favor of their top concern.

  10. olivia on June 5th, 2009 4:57 pm

    John Smith – That’s ridiculous. Marijuana legalization has garnered more than half of the country’s support for the first time in history. Surveys of the nation show that with a falling economy, rising cartel violence, and limited prison space the benefits of legalization far outnumber the ‘risks’.

    It is because of the greater issues facing this country that could be effected in a positive way by marijuana becoming a legal substance that this is such a popular issue. Not because a few dozen college kids like to get high between Liberal Arts classes.

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  12. sergeant 823 on June 6th, 2009 7:16 pm

    From one who works in the criminal justice industry it only makes sense to legalize, regulate, and tax. I for one am tire of having to deal with the lies of the past and the people who think they should be able to tell everyone what is right or wrong. In the end there will be just one Judge and I for one do not want to stand before him and state that I did not stand against the cruel and unusual punishment that we have done to individual in this county for smoking a little weed. Hell I use to do it and it is nothing like what the critics say. If Obama was truthful then he would come out and say the same thing. He knows the truth he inhaled that was the point! He forgot we the people, I think he is overqualified for the job, so lets get Ron Paul in there next round! Then maybe it won’t be illegal and I can come out and say “I smoke hemp”!

  13. justin garcia on June 9th, 2009 10:58 pm

    all i want to say is compare the numbers…how many deaths do we have in the united states every year from tabacco products and alcohol products?. wich by the way are legal and perfectly normal for some one to buy and consume. now how many deaths has there ever been by using weed?..NONE!!!!!!..thats all i want to say..

  14. Sober says Legalize Pot on June 10th, 2009 1:15 pm

    I dont even smoke, but I say legalize it. End the violence behind the black market.

    BTW, pot should never be in the same conversation as cocaine or meth. Pot’s a gateway drug just as giving kids donuts is a gateway to fat American kids.

  15. Alex on June 11th, 2009 1:51 am

    There really is no absolute freedom when we prosecute people for smoking marijuana. We should be entitled to such freedom. Ignorance is to choose to ignore the benefits of such a resourceful product, anywhere from fabrics, paper, oil,fuel etc. Of course medical & recreational. Handle it like alcohol. Prisons should be for serious violators of the law, not for people who smoke pot. No wonder our jails are over crowded. And we ultimately pay for their stay. We dont throw people in jails for drinking in a bar. Pot smokers deserve a safe haven so they can smoke somewhere besides the street corners. Besides our country was based on Hemp so why do we have to sweep it under the carpet. Liberate Cannabis for America aswell.

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