Foes Of Legalization Can't Like These Numbers
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Foes Of Legalization Can't Like These Numbers
Posted by CN Staff on April 15, 2015 at 06:20:37 PT
By Matt Ferner
Source: Huffington Post
USA -- Opponents of legalizing marijuana can't be happy about several new polls released Tuesday. Majority support for making cannabis legal is holding steady, while young adults are legalization's biggest fans. And that's true both nationally and in several swing states.Nationally, 53 percent of Americans support legalization, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Pew found essentially the same result, 54 percent in favor, in a similar poll last year.
Millennials are far more supportive than other voter demographic groups, according to Pew. Sixty-eight percent of those aged 18-34 support legalization, a full 16 points higher than the next most supportive demographic, those aged 35-50. An earlier Pew survey showed that the millennial demographic is significantly more supportive across party lines.Among Americans of all ages in both major parties, the latest Pew survey found that those who described themselves are more left-leaning than their party peers were also more likely to favor marijuana legalization. Seventy-five percent of Democrats who called themselves liberal favor legalization. Forty-eight percent of Republicans who identified as more moderate or left-leaning support legalization. However, Republicans who identified as conservative oppose legalization 2-to-1.Overall, solid majorities of Democrats (59 percent) and independents (58 percent) support legalization, Pew found. While only 39 percent of Republicans are in favor, that's the highest GOP support since Pew started asking the question in 1969.In another positive for legalization advocates, people are much more likely to move from opposition to support than the other way around, according to Pew. Thirty percent said they favor legalization and have "always felt this way," and 35 percent said they've always opposed legalization. But 21 percent said they used to think cannabis should remain illegal and have changed their minds, while only 7 percent said they used to support legalization but now don't.ďThe more that people learn about marijuana and look at the benefits of legalization, the more likely they are to support reform," said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority. "Our opponents sure do have a lot to say about what they see as the benefits of continuing prohibition, but voters donít want to hear it."Kevin Sabet, co-founder of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana, said that while people are changing their minds, they are doing so because of a "multimillion-dollar effort" to normalize marijuana. He added that the data don't dishearten those on his side. If anything, he said, these numbers will make them "redouble their efforts.""Yes, it is becoming a bit of a David-and-Goliath story here, but given the widespread opposition to legalization among the scientific, medical and business world, no one should count anti-legalization groups out," Sabet said.In two swing states, Quinnipiac surveys released Tuesday found results similar to Pew's: Younger voters strongly support the legalization of recreational marijuana, and large majorities of voters in multiple demographics favor some form of marijuana legalization at the state level.In Virginia and Iowa, voters overwhelmingly back legal medical marijuana -- 86 percent in Virginia and 87 percent in Iowa.As for legal recreational marijuana, 54 percent of Virginians and 47 percent of Iowans favor it. Here younger Americans are leading the way. Seventy-five percent of voters aged 18-34 in Virginia and 62 percent of that cohort in Iowa support legalizing recreational marijuana.Last week, Quinnipiac found huge swaths of voters in three other swing states in favor of legalizing medical marijuana -- 84 percent support in Florida and Ohio, and 88 percent support in Pennsylvania. Smaller majorities supported legalizing recreational marijuana in all three states.Meanwhile in Colorado, the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana, 62 percent now back their state's marijuana policy. That's an increase of 8 points from a year ago when Quinnipiac asked a similar question.To date, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, and four states, along with the District of Columbia, have legalized recreational use. One thing that a majority of voters agree on is this: They don't want the federal government, which continues to ban cannabis, to interfere with states that have legalized it. That's what 64 percent of independents, 58 percent of Democrats and 54 percent of Republicans told Pew.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Matt Ferner, The Huffington Post	Published: April 14, 2015Copyright: 2015, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by runruff on April 18, 2015 at 07:42:28 PT
It has been a David and Goliath contest from the beginning only your side is the well armed Giant. David is winning you dufass. 
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Comment #11 posted by runruff on April 17, 2015 at 08:48:38 PT
Dr Sabet , let's take your complaint & compare?
Your teem has spent at least a trillion dollars on this lost cause we are calling prohibition to say nothing of the multi-billion dollar propaganda budget the DEA, NIDA, et. al. enjoyed For decades.Even now Dr. Stupid tells half truths and lies as if he were a dressing a 5th grade DARE class.Keep talking Dr. STUPID, apparently he does not know how stupid he sounds.If Ken Sabet married Michele Leonhart what would they name their spawn?
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Comment #10 posted by Oleg the Tumor on April 17, 2015 at 08:29:29 PT
Sherlock solves another one!
"Kevin Sabet. . . said that while people are changing their minds, they are doing so because of a "multimillion-dollar effort" to normalize marijuana."The crime? To normalize marijuana by using cash! "BLASPHEMY!" Cries the Old Money, "Wealth should only be utilized to raise asset prices through stock buybacks, that, and to purchase legislators and their Electoral College cronies. We paid a lot for the Citizen's United decision and we intend to recoup our investment. This is a free country, is it not? Oil, priced in US dollars, is the only normal thing!" Only, the oil business has gone into the toilet.       ____________________________________One generation will have to make the conscious decision to "Leave the Hydrocarbons in the ground!" -- how long will that be? Will it be too late?We desparately need the entire Cannabis Hemp industry back ASAP. We need paper, hemp produces 4 times as much pulp per acre as a stand of trees, without the chlorine. It is bleached with hydrogen peroxide instead which is much cleaner. The list of products (and jobs) possible with hemp keeps getting longer.When this so-called "economy" finally crashes, America's "Hemp Gap" will become glaringly apparent.FREE THE PRISONER OF SCHEDULE ONE!
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on April 15, 2015 at 21:20:32 PT
John Tyler,
So I guess the N.J. loser will not be stopping by Marley's.
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Comment #8 posted by John Tyler on April 15, 2015 at 19:31:46 PT
President visits Marley Museum
This story only got a little bit of publicity, and it didnít raise a stink from the Republicans so I canít tell if they didnít notice, or didnít care. Last week President Obama stopped in Jamaica on his way to some big South American powwow. While he was in Jamaica he went to the Bob Marley Museum. I thought that was really big. The President of the United States went to the museum of an icon of cannabis liberation. 
That is a green light to cannabis legalization in Jamaica. Iri ites mon. Are you picking up now?, New Jersey Chris Christie said on an interview today that if elected President he would end the legalization of cannabis. Ouch! Looks like he lost the cannabis vote on that one. He will never climb out of that hole. protect us from wackos like that.
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Comment #7 posted by Mr D on April 15, 2015 at 13:52:58 PT:
Schedule I Constitutional, Rules Federal Judge
You probably already heard but. .
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Comment #6 posted by runruff on April 15, 2015 at 10:58:00 PT
why does my auto spell check like to misspell?
Sycophant not syncophant...scheesh!
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 15, 2015 at 10:52:26 PT
They are so into making up, and acting on, what they think is happening, they don't see what actually is happening.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on April 15, 2015 at 10:50:16 PT
Vomit from a disillusioned spewmeister.
"given the widespread opposition to legalization among the scientific, medical and business world,"-disillusioned spewmeister
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 15, 2015 at 10:49:38 PT
"multimillion-dollar effort" 
What? Our side can't have some money and spend it? Oh my gosh, Runruff. Those people are so scary. Or at least they scare me. Their imaginings? Oh my gosh. I've always thought if you were going to be one of those "Imaginers", as I think of them, why not imagine the best they could, instead of the worst? It's an extraordinarily common delusion that too many people indulge in. And once they've conjured up some scenario in their minds... they think it happened!My husband is like Sabet. And children, and neighbors, and friends, and cousins, and nephews, and nieces. I feel surrounded by hardcore prohibiting, paranoid, nuts... on both sides of their stupid Liberal/Conservative boundaries and battle lines. I, and the relatively miniscule percentage of people in that list above, that agree with me. 
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Comment #2 posted by Vincent on April 15, 2015 at 09:41:04 PT:
my cousin is like your cousin
I have a brainwashed cousin that is much like your cousin. He swallows the WHOLE Fox News narrative like a...swallow! (from Capistrano)
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on April 15, 2015 at 08:02:02 PT
I have a cousin like Sabet .
He conjures things up in his mind Strickley 
through his own imagination. Then he acts on these imagined senerios as if they were the real thing. You will never change his mind once set.He is divorced four times. I knew everyone of his former wives. Lovely people , all.He has told me of his dilusions concerning the activities and unsavory behaviours of his Xs. All imagined by him.Imagine if lots of people praised him and paid him to tell his stories? OMG !This is on Parr with the dilusionary Doctor Sabet. He has become his own punchline in this more enlightened society. He would have been a superstar during the oppressive dark ages of the War on Drugs. Today he tries to convince us that the earth is flat. Syncophants? We got 'em !
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