56 Percent Of Americans Favor Legal Marijuana
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56 Percent Of Americans Favor Legal Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on May 22, 2012 at 18:04:51 PT
By Lucia Graves, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post 
USA -- Fifty-six percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol and tobacco, according to a nationwide Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters.Asked earlier this month, "Would you favor or oppose legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated today?" only 36 percent of likely voters opposed the concept and 8 percent were undecided.
Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics cop and the executive director of advocacy group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, sees the poll as a political weather vane pointing toward the future."Polling now consistently shows that more voters support legalizing and regulating marijuana than support continuing a failed prohibition approach," he said in a statement Tuesday. "Yet far too many politicians continue to act as if marijuana policy reform is some dangerous third rail they dare not touch. If the trends in public opinion continue in the direction they are going, the day is not far away when supporting a prohibition system that causes so much crime, violence and corruption is going to be seen as a serious political liability for those seeking support from younger and independent voters. Savvy forward-looking politicians are already beginning to see which way the wind is blowing."Indeed, the Rasmussen poll is far from the first to find the majority support legalizing marijuana.Public opinion aside, the Obama administration has pursued an inter-agency crackdown on the cannabis industry, with raids on pot dispensaries, many in California operating in full compliance with state law. Since October 2009, the Justice Department has conducted more than 170 SWAT-style raids in nine states that allow medical marijuana, resulting in at least 61 federal indictments, according to data compiled by Americans for Safe Access.While medical marijuana has been legalized by 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal law prohibits any use of marijuana.The poll, conducted on May 12, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Lucia Graves, The Huffington PostPublished: May 22, 2012Copyright: 2012, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on May 23, 2012 at 10:26:20 PT
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The sitar makes the video unbearable... at least with sound.I am so not a fan of the sitar.
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on May 23, 2012 at 10:25:00 PT
"When help is no longer voluntary but coerced, its no longer help." Overwhelmingly Want Obama To End Crackdown on Medical Marijuana.
By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 16, 2012 11:02 am.
"An incredible three-fourths of American voters want President Obama to stop using federal resources to crack down on state medical marijuana programs, according to a new Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project." 
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on May 23, 2012 at 09:33:36 PT
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on May 23, 2012 at 09:25:41 PT
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50 Famous Quotes on Marijuana (Cannabis Hemp) we lost our way as a nation? Is our health compromised by FDA/DEA interference? What do the people want? "Who feels it knows it." --Bob Marley
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on May 23, 2012 at 08:56:40 PT
The article used the misspelled / abbreviation of SWATSTIKA. Huff Post used: SWAT.-0-US GA: Edu: PUB LTE: Swatstika; If the shoe fits and police doesn't like it they should change shoes.
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Comment #9 posted by ekim on May 23, 2012 at 07:57:35 PT
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Comment #8 posted by afterburner on May 23, 2012 at 06:48:39 PT
The Prohibitionists Are Few
Bob Marley "Alcohol vs. Marijuana"
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on May 23, 2012 at 06:41:01 PT
I am confused. I couldn't find that terrible word in the article. I can imagine how bad it will be with a President Romney though.
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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on May 22, 2012 at 20:35:25 PT
*Obama is disappointing Fifty-six percent of Americans.*The Huff Post misSpelled SWATSTIKA.*konagold's link is welcome info.*Sam Adam's link exposes why it's spelled SWATSTIKA.*BTW that's Obama's SWATSTIKA.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 22, 2012 at 19:39:08 PT
Oh that sounds good!
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Comment #4 posted by konagold on May 22, 2012 at 18:57:17 PT
Congress OKs Medical Marijuana Everywhere With DC 
"While medical marijuana has been legalized by 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal law prohibits any use of marijuana."WRONG one prominent attorney is right about the legal ramifications of the District of Columbia's marijuana law -- specifically, that it was approved by the U.S. Congress -- then it could be a game-changer nationwide.D.C.'s medical marijuana law was the first time that the United States Congress had ever given its explicit assent to any state or local law that permits the medicinal use of marijuana -- and, according to a California attorney who specializes in health care compliance, that is enormously significant under the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.​In 2009, noting that it was "allowing" the voters of Washington, D.C., to vote on and implement that city's Legalization of Marijuana for Medical Treatment law, Congress approved medicinal cannabis in the federal District of Columbia, over which it has all governmental power.33944388_dv72_akw6.png
Pappas Law Group
Matthew Pappas: "Congress has turned over the area of medical marijuana to state and local governments"
​On December 2, 2011, in anticipation of the opening of medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation centers, the District's mayor released final rules for the program. Last month, the D.C. Council compromised on medical marijuana cultivation centers, a compromise agreement that limited the number of centers in each ward to six. The District of Columbia's medical marijuana program is now being implemented."States with medical marijuana programs should now be free from federal interference since Congress has allowed local control," attorney Matthew Pappas at Pappas Law Group, based in Long Beach, California, told Toke of the Town Monday afternoon. "Congress being the legislative branch of the federal sovereign and the only body that can change these laws has now done so by recognizing the voting rights of Washington, D.C., citizens."Likewise, Californians and citizens of the 15 other states which have legalized medicinal cannabis are equally protected and have the same voting rights in respect to medical marijuana, according to Pappas Law Group.Screen Shot 2012-02-13 at 3.29.53 PM.png
​"Congress has turned over the area of medical marijuana to state and local governments," said Pappas, speaking for the disabled plaintiffs in the California case Marla James v. the Cities of Costa Mesa and Lake Forest. "Through Congress's duty to equally protect everyone under the law, all patients in states with medical marijuana laws operating in full compliance with those laws should not, from now forward, be subject to previous long standing federal marijuana prohibitions.""They're not going to be subject to the CSA [Controlled Substances Act]," Pappas confirmed to Toke of the Town in a telephone conversation. "In our country, when one group of voters has been given the right to vote on something, other voters, likewise, have the right to do so -- in this case, approve medical marijuana.""In states where voters have not voted on it, for instance Nebraska, of course it's not going to be legal there," Pappas told us. "But patients and medical marijuana centers operating in full compliance with state laws -- through equal protection -- are not going to be subject to federal prohibition.""Our traction in the courts is very strong on this issue," Pappas told us. "I'm very positive that at some point we're going to have a decision from the courts."Pappas, who earned his J.D. from Western State University and was admitted to practice law in the State of California in 1994, is a member of the federal bars for the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, the Central District of California, the Northern District of California, and the Southern District of California.Focused in the area of health care regulatory compliance, he developed compliance systems for large health care providers including University Medical Center Southern Nevada, UNR Medical School, Pharmerica, Children's Hospital of Ohio, Banner Health System, and Molina Healthcare.For more information, contact Sergio Sandoval, director of public relations at Pappas Law Group.Tags: district of columbia, equal protection, medical marijuana
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on May 22, 2012 at 18:32:48 PT
speaking of Obama
just sent a fresh batch of businessmen to the gulag.......
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on May 22, 2012 at 18:21:47 PT
Weeeellll now!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 22, 2012 at 18:07:08 PT
From The Bottom Up
We are doing it the way Obama said. From the bottom up not the top down and that is what is happening. 
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