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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Majority Of Law Enforcement Officers Want To Reform Marijuana Laws

law enforcement marijuanaBy Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director

survey released by the publication Law Officer revealed that a majority of law enforcement officers want to see our country’s marijuana laws reformed.

The poll, which questioned over 11,000 law enforcement officers regarding their opinions on drug policy, revealed that just over 64% believed our marijuana laws needed to be relaxed in some form. When asked “Do you believe possession of marijuana for personal use should…” and presented with several options, 35.68% of respondents stated that marijuana be legalized, regulated and taxed, 10.84% chose that it should be be legalized for medical reasons and with a doctor’s prescription only, 14.24% said it should continue to be illegal but only punished via fines (no incarceration), and 3.68% said marijuana should simply be decriminalized. Only 34.7% believed marijuana should continue to be illegal with the criminal penalties that are currently in place.

“This poll reveals that support for marijuana prohibition is eroding even amongst those who are serving on the front lines enforcing it,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “When a majority of the American people and most of those tasked with implementing a law disagree with it in principle, it is time to change that law.”

You can view the full results of this survey here.

“Prohibition cannot be enforced for the simple reason that the majority of the American people do not want it enforced and are resisting its enforcement. That being so, the orderly thing to do under our form of government is to abolish a law that cannot be enforced, a law which the people of the country do not want enforced.” – New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia on alcohol prohibition.

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  • Kenneth Ball

    I don`t known y the people that is against MJ, their fighting a loosing battle, did they put up such a fus about legalizing, liuqour, cigs., prescpts.pain killers, all these that I just mentioned are deadly 1 way or another. they`re a lot of things that r more dangerous than pot and it`s legal & and as far as it causes death NO IT DOES NOT. I`ve been using 4 over 40 yrs. off and on, I use it to where I just mellow and enjoy it not get f***k up. r they fighting this `cause of the power people on top have, old fashion, or living back in the 50`s or 60`s. It`s costing more tax $$$ than it`s worth to fight a lost battle.