LOS ANGELES – A recent poll reveals that California voters, by a 62% to 35% margin, with 3% unsure, support a ballot initiative to regulate marijuana like wine.
The statewide poll, by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, Inc. surveyed 800 likely voters and found that 80% of the respondents agreed to the statement, “State and federal drug laws are outdated and have failed, therefore, we need to take a new approach that makes sense for today.”
Voters in California will have an opportunity to take that new approach this November with the Regulate Marijuana Like Wine Act of 2012 (RMLW), which will allow the state to regulate and tax marijuana and hemp.
The California Attorney General has projected “savings of potentially several tens of millions of dollars annually to state and local governments of the costs of incarcerating and supervising certain marijuana offenders,” as well as potentially generating “hundreds of millions of dollars in net additional tax revenues related to the production and sale of marijuana products.“
Likely voters also agree (by a margin of 71% to 24%) that state and local law enforcement agencies spend too much time, money and resources enforcing marijuana laws.
RMLW Treasurer and Congressional Candidate (CA-33rd) Steve Collett hailed the poll results as evidence of widespread support for ending marijuana prohibition in California and nationwide. “There is no policy that is more discriminatory or wastes more tax dollars. This initiative helps farmers, reduces prison overcrowding, relieves burdens on the courts, generates revenues for the state, and frees up police to work on real crimes.”
Jack Cole, co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a 50,000 member organization of police, prosecutors, judges, and supporters, said, “LEAP believes the citizens of California are far ahead of the federal government in assessing a policy that will reduce death, disease, crime, and corruption, when they register 62% support for the initiative Regulate Marijuana Like Wine.”
The polls lately have been showing a growing support for marijuana legalization by adults. The latest Gallup poll shows a 46% support for legalization, other polls show greater support even into a majority that supports legalization.
So I was somewhat surprised when I heard that the latest CNN poll found only a 41% support among adults for legalization.
What happened? They redefined “adult” to mean “35 years old and older”.
(OurTime.org) Today, CNN.com released poll results from interviews with 824 “adult Americans” asking their opinions on the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage. The only problem? They didn’t do a great job making sure the opinions of 70 million adult Americans were accurately included!
In response to the prompt, “Do you favor or oppose the legalization of marijuana?” 41% of “adults” said they favor it, 56% opposed, and 2% had no opinion on the matter. The results for “Do you think marriages between gay and lesbian couples should or should not be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages?” showed 51% of “adults” saying that they should be recognized as valid, 47% saying they should not be recognized as valid, and 2% saying they have no opinion.
American adults tend to be evenly divided on topics like this – no surprise on the numbers here. However, what is incredibly surprising is that CNN.com posted these results despite the fact that they couldn’t reach enough respondents between the ages of 18-34 to represent our opinion accurately.
There you have it – if you don’t want to hear about support for legalizing marijuana and same-sex marriage, just don’t ask younger adults!
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