Pot Poll: Most Back Medical Use Only
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Pot Poll: Most Back Medical Use Only
Posted by CN Staff on April 19, 2010 at 19:24:15 PT
By Greg Risling, The Associated Press
Source: Seattle Times
Los Angeles, CA -- Most Americans still oppose legalizing marijuana, but larger majorities believe pot has medical benefits and the government should allow its use for that purpose, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Tuesday.Respondents were skeptical that crime would spike if marijuana is decriminalized or that it would lead more people to harder drugs like heroin or cocaine. There also was a nearly even split on whether government spends too much or the right amount enforcing marijuana laws. Almost no one thinks too little is spent.
Marijuana use  medically and recreationally  is getting more attention in the political arena. California voters will decide in November whether to legalize the drug, and South Dakota will vote in the fall on whether to allow medical use. California and 13 other states already permit such use.The balloting comes against the backdrop of the Obama administration saying it won't target marijuana dispensaries if they comply with state laws.In the poll, only 33 percent favored legalization while 55 percent opposed it. People under 30 were the only age group favoring legalization (54 percent), and opposition increased with age, topping out at 73 percent of those 65 and older. Opposition also was prevalent among women, Republicans and those in rural and suburban areas.The AP-CNBC Poll was conducted April 7-12 by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media. It involved interviews with 1,001 adults nationwide on landline and cellular telephones. It had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author:  Greg Risling, The Associated PressPublished: Monday, April 19, 2010Copyright: 2010 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite:  Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #3 posted by heretic on April 21, 2010 at 07:31:14 PT:
the tyranny of the majority
Cannabis is God's gift. Government prohibits acceptance of God's gift by forfeit of nonconformists' human rights. The latest poll shows that a majority approves. When potheads become the majority, they should have the same right, to coerce conformity to their norm.
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on April 20, 2010 at 07:43:00 PT
the questions that were asked headlines are misleading. When they questioned how marijuana should be treated relative to alcohol, 56% responded same or less regulation than alcohol. I call that FOR legalization. So, I guess 33% favor absolutely no regulation whatsoever. That would seem to be the reality of the poll result.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 20, 2010 at 00:57:17 PT
Most Americans?
I have seen three other national polls that were in favor of legalization 52-54%.Don't forget, MSM=corporate influence!If I wanted to poll negatively on purpose, I think I could figure out were to go?Not one blog site I've seen would support this poll!Oh, the CSM would!
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