Support for Medical Marijuana, Industrial Hemp!

Support for Medical Marijuana, Industrial Hemp!
Posted by FoM on January 16, 1999 at 09:54:16 PT

 Missoula, Montana: More than two-thirds of Montanans support the use of Marijuana for medical purposes and believe that legislators should legalize Hemp cultivation, according to a survey conducted by Montanans for Medical Rights. 
Support for Medical Marijuana, Industrial Hemp Strong, State Survey Shows!   "Montanans are known for their common sense and this survey confirms that," said John Masterson of Montana NORML. The survey polled approximately 400 respondents from more than 50 counties.   Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they supported the medically approved use of marijuana, and 65 percent said they would back a legislator who advocated medical marijuana reform. The high degree of support mimics percentages found in national polls conducted by ABC News, CBS News, Luntz Research and others showing majority support for medical marijuana. "With such a high percentage of Montanans saying they would support a legislator in favor of medical marijuana, it will be interesting to see which lawmakers rise to the occasion," Masterson said.   Seventy percent of respondents said they supported the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes. At least 29 nations, including Canada, France, England, Germany, Japan, and Australia, allow farmers to cultivate the non-psychoactive crop for its fiber content.   Sixty-four percent of respondents said that they believed marijuana's potential harm to health were no greater than those posed by alcohol. Respondents were evenly divided on whether marijuana smokers should continue to face criminal penalties.   For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751 or Montana NORML   (406) 542-8696. Raw figures are available online from Montana NORML at: 
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