I don’t know about you, but I found this data surprising:


Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use


Source: Gallup


73 Percent of Voters Think Medical Marijuana Should be Legal, Half think Recreational Pot Should Be Too


Source: Reason.com

Category: Politics

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27 Responses to “73% of Voters Think Medical Marijuana Should be Legal”

  1. Ramstone says:

    Same trajectory as soccer popularity — old-timers spool off and are replaced with the more open-minded.

  2. NoKidding says:

    I don’t understand why its illegal. And I am an otherwise typical RW Christian wing nut from the South.

  3. rd says:

    The baby boomers are coming to the age when they will want their recreational drug of choice from their adolescent and early adult years to be available as pain medication in their dotage. The previous generation preferred rum and whisky for pain.

  4. spudvol says:

    Atlas Shrugged was right…Colorado is the future.

  5. b_thunder says:

    “50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use” – they (we) may think whatever they (we) want, but as long as the Big Pharma and especially the police unions and for-profit private jail industry are among the largest campaign contributors, the wishes of the people will be superseded by the wishes of the “money.” And if it was debatable just a few years ago, now the Supreme Court removed the uncertainty.

  6. A says:

    Record ‘high’ is right !!

  7. JEL125 says:

    Barry, Anytime you want to light up, hit me up. My treat!

  8. GeorgeBurnsWasRight says:

    What is remarkable is that the 27% (at most; survey doesn’t show neutral/no opinion percentage) who are opposed almost completely control the political discourse on the national level, where almost no politician is willing to discuss the matter. Not that different from the majority who want us out of Afghanistan now.

    Both are real issues, with large numbers of lives being ruined by marijuana laws and the war. Yet our political system focuses instead on shiny objects and the wishes of large numbers of voters aren’t even addressed, much less reflected in national policies.

    What does it mean to have elections if they don’t produce the policies which the voters clearly favor? I know the US is a representative republic, not a direct democracy, at least on paper (ignoring the impact of big money and lobbyists), but I don’t think this is how our Constitution envisioned things working.

  9. Expat says:

    Not only should marijuana be legal, but it should be mandatory for all elected officials and senior officers. Think how great this country could be if the Tea Party would just mellow out. Or if Petraeus, instead of banging some very ugly journalist, instead just hung out with cool spies and burned some fat ones. And how about the NSA just chillin’ with a bong and listening to reggae instead of my fucking phone conversations.

    Yes, America and especially all the uptight rich white guys hellbent on destroying everything we supposedly stand for, should chill, toke it up, and relax.

  10. overanout says:

    Hopefully the DEA will be dismantled and the Federal Gov’t will let the states decide what if any drug laws are necessary. The issue facing Calif is the high profit’s from growing this product for the Medical M crowd. Up in Humbolt the center for small growers has been overtaken by large operations running outdoor and indoor gardens and they are not nice people wanting to grow a few plants rather largely criminal elements from Mexico and LA.
    The Medical M becomes legalization in the hands of large scale criminal enterprises so its only a partial solution.

  11. jb.mcmunn says:

    If I had to choose between a society of potheads or a society of boozers I’d pick the potheads.

    Potheads don’t think they can drive 100 mph while stoned. They drive about 17 mph in a 50 mph zone instead.

    They don’t toke up and beat their wives and kids. They don’t start bar fights.

    O.D. on MJ alone is practically unheard of.

    MJ was criminalized for economic reasons and much of the campaign to outlaw it was a disgraceful display of racist hatred. Hearst ran stories about MJ making white women wanting have sex with black men, or that it made hispanics want to commit rape.

    The AMA did not advocate criminalization when consulted by the Congressional committee looking at the issue. When it came to the floor of Congress for a vote nobody really knew anything about MJ and someone asked what the AMA’s position was. The chairman of the committee lied and said the AMA supported the bill.

    Nixon’s blue-ribbon panel recommended that private possession of MJ be legal, which Nixon promptly ignored. “Looking only at the effects on the individual, there is little proven danger of physical or psychological harm from the experimental or intermittent use of the natural preparations of cannabis.” — National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, 1972

  12. Bam_Man says:

    73% of Voters and 100% of Tort Lawyers….
    I can see clear as a bell where this is heading. No talk whatsoever about possible “long-term health effects”. No need to get the FDA to approve it. Just let the voters decide.
    And 5-10 years from now, when the “mysterious” illnesses begin to appear, the lawyers will come out of the woodwork. They know they will have to wait 5-10 years anyway to find out who is making the “big money” so theywill know who to go after. They will have an absolute field day.

  13. CSF says:

    The numbers make a strong case for age demographics explaining the shift in opinion. The youth of the late 1960s, and everyone younger, understand marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol. Sentiment should continue to shift as the group born before 1950 becomes a smaller portion of the population.

  14. 873450 says:

    Now we know why 73% of voters think income tax rate for 1% should increase. – They’re all high on drugs!

  15. Hey You says:

    Why not just decriminalize? A strong case can be made that weed is not an inteellectual stimulant and from watchin the charade of “medical marijuina” in my state “Oregon the medical benefits are suspect.

    It is time to acknowledge that people self medicate for a myraid of reasons and if their behavior isn’t menacing others the state should stay out.

    If pot is legalized the war on junk food and soda pop will have to be susupended. Sorry Michelle O and mayor Mike B.

  16. MiloD says:

    Dude…the chart… it looks like a friggin fish man.
    Far out.

    (I could really go for a pizza right about now)

  17. SWMOD52 says:

    smoke em if ya got em

  18. ilsm says:


    Far out, man!

    Petraues would have been better controlling his munchies than lower his z……………

    But how can a ‘head’ sell another loser war like Vietnam, with a straight face?

  19. James Cameron says:

    The disparity between men and women is instructive. The survey would have been even more interesting if categories had been included for parents, broken down by the age of their children, and ethnic groups, broken down by income levels and, perhaps, also by children as above.

  20. VennData says:

    Whoever gets the GOP to put this in their platform will win a Nobel Spleaf Prize


  21. VennData says:

    I am against legalizing this junk. If you want to be at the bottom tenth of my evaluations be my guess. However I do occasionally plug a little MDPV, but (snickers) but only on the weekends

    — Jack Welch

  22. derekce says:

    Since accidental drug overdoses of prescription drugs have replaced car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in this country this year, I don’t get the idea that this is a good trend to legalize more stuff. I guess I’m an old fashioned guy who doesn’t see the need for a reality distortion field or painkillers for recreation. Maybe this is nature’s new way of ” thinning the herd.”

  23. denim says:

    The cheerleaders for smoking pot have no data to indicate that coating ones lungs with the byproducts of burning cannabis leaves is any less of a cancer risk than doing the same with tobacco leaves. Both are herbs, are they not?

    I tend to agree with derekce… thinning the herd, indeed.

    One needs to study history at the time the “recreational drugs” were outlawed. The citizens at the time saw the miserable victims clearly, since it had been legal to be an addict.


    BR: Weed causes all sorts of problems (as does alcohol and tobacco) but we are paying way too much to to enforce the laws and incarcerate casual users.

  24. Patrick Neid says:

    The real monkey on our backs is the idiot “Drug War”. The most pernicious, evil, murderous, crime enabling monster a government has ever created. It is a malignant cancerous tumor that we refuse to address. A sitting President, who used to get high and brags about it, sends out his minions to feed the the crime/prison beast. All else that we argue about is chump change compared to this lunacy. Just think, wrong place, wrong time and a chunk of your extended family, perhaps you yourself, are felons. My only question, starting with the President–how do supporters of this horrible war, look yourselves in the mirror everyday?

  25. Mango says:

    There’s a sprinkling of uninformed opinions. One writer appears to prefer government agents arresting and incarcerating private citizens to his IMAGINARY alternative of private citizens suing each other over herbs.

    To another comment, we DO have the data, courtesy of a 30-year govt.-funded UCLA longitudinal comparison of pot smokers to tobacco smokers. Result: tobacco increases death/disabilty risk approx. 20x, while pot actually may reduce it. Although scientifically insignificant, pot smoking was found to REDUCE cancer and COPD risk below what NON-smokers have. See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501729.html The researcher changed his long held stance on the drug and favors legalization, theorizing that pot chemicals must fight cancer. Other researchers as far back as 1974 have found that various cannabinoids attack cancer while leaving healthy cells alone.

    “Study history” indeed! Don’t overlook Prohibition while you’re at it.

    Next time you get a chance, take the red pill instead of the blue one.

  26. mrjohnnyt says:

    Sure let the stoners have at it. Maybe we can get those lung cancer death rates back up where they belong and save Social Security.

  27. StatArb says:

    @ mrjohnnyt