Skip to comments.POLL: Americans Favor Legalization of Marijuana 51-44%
Posted on 12/05/2012 6:45:57 AM PST by CNSNews.com
Americans favor the legalization of marijuana 51 to 44 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning.
The poll showed a substantial gender and age gap on the issue:
-- Men favored legalization 59 to 36 percent, but women opposed it, 52 to 44 percent.
-- Americans 18 to 29 years old support legalization 67 to 29 percent, while those over 65 years oppose it, 56 to 35 percent.
-- Respondents between 30 and 44 years old also support the idea of legalization, 58 to 39 percent, while Americans between 45 and 64 are more closely divided, 48 to 47 percent.
The poll noted that the racial split evident in American politics is barely noticeable on this question, as 50 percent of white voters and 57 percent of black voters favor legalization.
Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said of the data:
"With the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes legal in about 20 states, and Washington and Colorado voting this November to legalize the drug for recreational use, American voters seem to have a more favorable opinion about this once-dreaded drug."
Brown believes the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. is inevitable: It seems likely
given the better than 2-1 majority among younger voters, legalization is just a matter of time.
Oy vey. Where is the pi of the guy holding his forehead?
All the usual jokes will follow of course.
But it can’t help but be noted that Demon Rum and Reefer Madness weren’t memes dreamed up and promoted by social conservatives, who lamented social ills tied to such things but never seriously considered a blanket ban. That had to wait for the progressives of the corresponding eras, and created an unwinnable war, or rather a war whose attempts to win were wrongly formulated. Ideas of personal responsibility for misuse of the creation went by the board as demonizing inanimate parts of the creation came into vogue.
Wow. About the same poll results that show preference to sodomy, collectivism, and abortion, according to the election results...
Let’s legalize Heroin!
With the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes legal in about 20 states
They're dishonestly pushing this agenda under the guise of medicine. They need to just come out and say, "We want pot to be legal for any and all purposes, not just medicinal."
The Lefties are even dishonest with themselves. You can't delude the foolish.
Sure, why the hell not.
After all, we appear to be building a Welfare State where not finishing your education or even be able to get up for work on time will ever be an issue again.
And Obama will soon force us out of our cars and onto the Glorious Bullet Trains of the Collective, so no more Driving While Stoned charges to contend with.
The abortion argument is an argument for 50 million dead babies because people couldn't be bothered to be responsible.
The "medical marijuana" argument is an argument in favor of listening to Pink Floyd through headphones and having a really good time.
And most people are afraid to say so.
There was a popular study published in the 90s that showed the effects of abandoning the US “War on Drugs.” It was skewed, but some of the budgetary numbers were staggering. If they legalized all schedule drugs, completely legal for purchase at a gas station, for instance, you’d likely have massive die off from overdoses initially, but the money saved year-to-year could be used to universally fund drug rehab programs across the country for those who become addicted.
I’m not exactly for that, there need to be constraints, but the numbers were pretty eye-opening.
I can see how legalizing drugs might have a benefit economic effect.
But, for me, the moral argument trumps the economic argument. I speak from some experience when I say that drugs have messed up a lot of individuals and a lot of families. I do not want our society to say "That stuff is OK" -- because it isn't OK.
Lets legalize Heroin!
In reality, freedom has its costs. But a police state is more costly.
As previously stated, marijuana and alcohol completely decimated my life, professionally and personally, so I’m completely understanding of the moral argument. At this point the economic benefit would be a drop in the bucket overall, and the drug-addled masses would be easier to cow into voting booths or gulags.
So are you in favor of re-imposing Prohibition on alcohol?
You're absolutely right. I still think that medicinal pot makes sense, though.
Many moons ago, my uncle was undergoing chemo. A friendly doc "talked hypothetically" about using pot to counter some of the side effects. Keep in mind that this would have been back in the 70s or early 80s. Pot was strictly verboten.
Uncle said that it didn't help with the nausea, but it did let him get some sleep, and that was 50% of the battle.
My uncle, however, was far from being a pot-head. Used it like you would any other medicine....just to treat a problem, or alleviate some symptoms, and he stopped taking it when it was no longer needed.
I think that there's plenty more that could be done with - for instance, opiates for pain relief - as far as medicine in this country, if it weren't for the fools who abuse drugs, the lawyers who are looking to stick up drug companies, and the government bureaucrats who are looking to "help". God save us rational people from all of the fools.
Not at all. As stated, I’m all for the legalization of pot. 21 year old legal purchasing age, tax it to Hell and back. It would still be cheaper, both monetarily and judiciously, than buying illegally.
Just because pot and alcohol destroyed my life doesn’t mean it destroys everyones’ life.
Exactly what I was going to say.
Not only do they want legal marijuana, they probably want whats left of America’s workforce to buy it for them. Free dope for everybody.
I support legalizing marijuana. You want to smoke the plant? go right ahead, it is up to the user to be responsible or face the consequences (and no, we don't need any more laws, we have plenty to cover damn near every little facet of life already).
I can not stand this "medical marijuana" jive. It insults my intelligence and is nothing more than a ruse.
Rome is burning!
My grand-aunt was dying from stage 3 breast cancer back in the 90s. She looked hale and hearty for several months until she was admitted to Hospice care in her final month. On her deathbed she admitted to all of the family that pot was her secret weapon against the chemo and when she couldn’t smoke it anymore in Hospice, the decline was quick.
If nothing else, I want it to be legal to study. By virtue of being schedule I, even universities can’t study it, and I think that’s a damn shame.
I was waiting to see how long it would take for someone to bring up that old BS.
I knew you were there.