Wednesday, April 21, 2010

No Oaksterdam: Most in U.S. Against Legalizing Marijuana

At LAT, "Poll: Majority oppose marijuana legalization, new nationwide poll finds -- but where do Californians stand?":

A new poll shows most Americans oppose legalizing marijuana, but as California voters are set to consider the always controversial topic in the fall, many readers are questioning the poll's validity.

In the Associated Press-CNBC poll, 33% of respondents favored legalization while 55% opposed it. The results showed a division in age as younger people were more likely to support legalization, while older people were more likely to oppose it. Women and Republicans also strongly opposed legalization.

California voters will consider the issue of pot legalization in November.

The California initiative would allow anyone 21 or older to possess, share and transport up to an ounce of weed for personal use and grow up to 25 square feet per residence or parcel. It would allow local governments, but not the state, to authorize the cultivation, transportation and sale of marijuana and to impose taxes in order to raise revenues.

Proponents of legalization cite the financial and social cost of enforcing pot prohibition and argue that marijuana isn't as dangerous and addictive as legal substances such as tobacco or alcohol. While opponents can argue rising teenage use and the harm that marijuana can cause smokers.

According to the AP, the poll conducted April 7-12 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media involved telephone interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

Marijuana is always is a hot topic among our readers -- and some questioned the accuracy of the poll. Here is what they had to say about the results ....
If a driver under the influence of marijuana runs into my SUV...do I have the right to beat the living crap of the stoner? ....

Pot users will be more likely to be unemployed and more likely to need free public health care.
RTWT and check the links.

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3 comments:

JBW said...

According to a recent Field poll, 56% of Californians support legalization, Don. Thank Zeus we have a federalized system of government that allows more progressive states like California to take the lead on issues like cannabis legalization while the rest of the country continues to get over their reefer madness.

So come November, "Yes Oaksterdam" more than likely. Don't worry though, I'm sure there are plenty of other individual rights and freedoms you can side with a nanny state government to take away from consenting American adults, big guy.

Donald Douglas said...

Ah, hello, Mr. Briliant JBW ... the link does kinda say "where does California stand?", but since you can't win on facts in any debate you've attempted, juvenile little-twerp putdowns will have to do ...

JBW said...

Uh, yeah Don I was telling you where California stands: with the legalization movement. FYI: constantly claiming to have bested me in a debate doesn't make it true, no matter how much you puff up your chest and claim victory.

You wanna have a debate? Try sacking up and responding to this post I wrote about you on the subject almost a year ago, then we'll talk. Thanks for acknowledging my brilliance, by the way.