Poll: Mellow Out On Pot

  Poll: Mellow Out On Pot

Posted by CN Staff on November 21, 2006 at 08:58:24 PT
By Rob Moritz, Arkansas News Bureau 
Source: Southwest Times Record  

Little Rock, AR -- More than 60 percent of Arkansas voters support reduced penalties for marijuana offenses, according to poll results released Monday.The poll, commissioned by Drug Policy Education Group Inc., a Fayetteville-based non-profit that promotes reforming the state’s marijuana laws, and conducted by Zogby International of Utica New York, found that 61 percent of respondents support reducing penalties for marijuana convictions.

Thirty-six percent said they “strongly” support the reductions and another 25 percent said they “somewhat” support reducing the penalties.Thirteen percent said they somewhat oppose reducing the penalties and 22 percent said they would strongly oppose such a proposal.The survey of 418 voters was conducted on Election Day as they left polling places and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points.Denele Campbell, executive director of the group, said Monday that the results are similar to a referendum passed by Eureka Springs residents on Nov. 7.In that election, Eureka Springs voters passed by 63 percent to 37 percent an initiative that instructs local law enforcement officials to consider marijuana offenses their lowest priority.Campbell said she did not know whether her organization would push for changes to the state’s drug laws during the 2007 legislative session.“It’s a little bit early for us to say,” said Campbell, who is also executive director of the Alliance for Medical Marijuana.In 2004, the alliance tried but failed to gather enough signatures to place a proposed initiated act to legalize marijuana for medical use on the general election ballot that year.Campbell said other polls done in the past few years in Arkansas show support for reforming marijuana laws.In 2001, the Arkansas Poll, conducted by the University of Arkansas Department of Political Science, found 66 percent of Arkansans supported legal medical use of marijuana. In 2002, a Zogby poll of Arkansas voters found 63 percent supported a change in the law allowing for legal medical use of marijuana.State Rep. Lindsley Smith, D-Fayetteville, said last year that she supports legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. She also said she was considering legislation for the 2007 regular session that would create a registration program to allow terminally ill people to use, grow and distribute among themselves marijuana for medical use without the threat of being arrested or going to prison.Smith was not in her office Monday and did not return messages left at her office and home seeking comment.
Source: Southwest Times Record (AR)Author: Rob Moritz, Arkansas News BureauPublished: November 21, 2006Copyright: 2006 Stephens Media GroupContact: letters swtimes.comWebsite: Article:Victory Energizes ‘Pot’ Law Backers

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Comment #7 posted by jasgrave333 on November 23, 2006 at 05:39:19 PT:

[hifff...] pass that ting this way; puh-lease...
"Afterwards we'll light it up," predicted event organiser Thijs Verheij, who is hoping his feat will land in the Guinness Book of Records.
"cool!Dat's one fire at night and cloud during the day!And the smoke can be seen in Germany... lol
Talking of long scrolls and SEVEN seals... 
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Comment #6 posted by Toker00 on November 23, 2006 at 04:34:31 PT

I hear ya, Whig.
Your environment will grow on you. Or with you. Or in you. When I was young and moving around a lot, I found myself adopting to the accents, too. But, even when I was at my most adopted at an accent, I would still be asked if I was from Texas. LOL! (Texas really is my adopted home, from childhood, on.) Now my accent has blended with all my past roaming and learning. But, if I came to California, you would immediately assume I was from Texas. Does that make sense? In Texas I sound cultured, anywhere else, I sound like Texas. Go Figure.Toke.
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Comment #5 posted by whig on November 22, 2006 at 09:59:41 PT

I've only been in California for a little over four months now, and I can tell you I don't really feel like a Pennsylvanian any more. That's what I was, but not who I am, and the people I talk to back home can tell I've changed and talk about changing too.I won't say I'm a Californian yet, though, either. I only have the mindset partly, so far. I might change more in the next six months than I have in the last.
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on November 22, 2006 at 09:25:46 PT

Some of those farmers must have figured out that a little fert and a plow might make 'em a dollar in them thar' hills. Poverty abounds in this state. Clinton helped, but the people have become so compliant with, and dependant on government dollars, social mentality and progressiveness remained 1940-1950 stagnant. So, this amazes me for them to be the opposite they were when I was a child growing up there. I suppose I know less about my birth-state, now, than all the other states I have lived in. God bless 'em. Maybe I CAN go home someday! NOT. I'm a transplanted Texan, and that's all there is to that.Toke.  
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on November 21, 2006 at 11:24:13 PT

Aloha Rev. Shields
I don't know about that. We didn't have the Internet back in the days of horse and buggys! LOL!
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Comment #2 posted by konagold on November 21, 2006 at 11:14:22 PT:

big joint
Aloha FOMI thought that a "joint as big as Baltimore" was rolled in the 60'sMaybe the Dutch are a few decades late and a doobie short [wink]Aloha
Rev. Dennis Shields
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 21, 2006 at 10:23:45 PT

AFP: Dutch To Roll World's Biggest Joint
From correspondents in The Hague November 22, 2006Defying police warnings, a Dutch group is set to roll the world's biggest joint, sending the previous record for a marijuana cigarette up in smoke.The world's largest joint will be a 500g, metre-long monstrosity, rolled with cigarette paper and easily dwarfing the previous 100g winner, ANP news agency reported overnight.To beat the record, it must be made entirely of marijuana with no tobacco mix. "Afterwards we'll light it up," predicted event organiser Thijs Verheij, who is hoping his feat will land in the Guinness Book of Records.The Dutch police are not amused, however, warning they will intervene if the joint surpasses the five grams of marijuana allowed for consumption and sale in the Netherlands. This story is from our network Source: AFP Copyright: The Australian,20867,20801091-23109,00.html
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