Feb 172014
 February 17, 2014

New York marijuanaWhen marijuana legalization inevitably happens in New York, it will be a significant victory for the rest of the country. New York is a massive state, and it’s media reach is even larger. I’ve always looked at states legalizing like dominoes, and when the New York domino falls, it will result in a cascade of other state dominoes falling too.

A poll came out today that shows majority support for legalizing marijuana in New York. Results of the Quinnipiac poll also showed MASSIVE support for medical marijuana in New York. Details from the poll are as follows:

  • New York State voters support 88 – 9 percent the legalization of medical marijuana, with overwhelming support from every group, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
  • Voters also support 57 – 39 percent the legalization of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.
  • There is a gender gap and a larger generation gap on the question of non-medical marijuana. Support is 63 – 33 percent among men and 51 – 44 percent among women. Support is 83 – 14 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old, with voters over 65 years old opposed 57 – 38 percent. Support is 65 – 32 percent among Democrats and 58 – 37 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 55 – 39 percent.
  • New York State voters are divided on their own use of marijuana, as 46 percent say they’ve tried it and 51 percent deny they have. Women deny trying marijuana 58 – 39 percent, while men admit trying it 54 – 43 percent. Voters 18 to 29 percent admit lighting up 55 – 42 percent while voters over 65 years old deny it 69 – 28 percent.
  • Use of marijuana does not lead to use of other drugs, New York State voters say 52 – 41 percent. Men say no 57 – 36 percent, while women are divided with 46 percent saying yes and 47 percent saying no.
  • Marijuana is equally as dangerous as alcohol, 45 percent of voters say, while 36 percent say it’s less dangerous than alcohol and 13 percent say more dangerous.
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  • Valient

    The sad part is the 13% who still believe it’s more dangerous than alcohol, even when presented with the facts, science, and data to back it up.

    • DixyNormas

      What’s even sadder is the fools who think a 32oz soft drink is so dangerous that it should be illegal. While they bait you with one hand they stab you in the back with the other. Never ignore the fact that liberals are just as hypocritical and restrictive as conservatives. Freedom is being limited at every turn and while I applaud the legalization push offered in one hand, I do not trust that other hand is not poised to castrate you in some other fashion.

      • Zachary Turgeon

        Yeah, that would suck if we couldn’t get our 32 oz. soft drink. Then we’d have to buy two 16 oz. soft drinks! Or, worse yet, four 8 oz. soft drinks! A crime against humanity, no doubt.

      • NYC Rick

        Bloomberg ran as an independent, and pushed many pro-business, pro upper class policies. If you had a valid point, you would’t have to resort to misrepresenting the facts to make it.

        • wowFAD

          If he had any valid points, he wouldn’t have named himself “DixyNormas”

          • maxwood

            @wowF, I appreciate your coherent discussion which stands out among others here.

            I think the right approach to cannabis regulation is to OFFER regulation– as exemplified and embodied in the devices used to ingest the nutrient. In the case of cannabis this means POSITIVELY promote use of vaporizers and Long-Drawtube One-Hitters (25-mg serving size) to replace 500-mg “joints” which are a drug cocktail of heat shock, carbon monoxide and 4221 combustion toxins.

            POSITIVE indoctrination: remind users that without carbon monoxide etc., the benefit of cannabis, instead of the overhyped “stoned” euphoria, turns out to be discovering how to ENJOY positive healthy natural procedures– like swishing some water around the oral cavity rather than hurriedly “gulping” heavily advertised overdoses of high fructose corn “syrup” (deceitfully named “syrup” on the container to keep children from seeing the giveaway word “sugar”).

            Perhaps future “regulators” will learn from Bloomberg’s error and apply a POSITIVE dosage-regulatory approach– plus worldwide SUBSTITUTION of cannabis for nicotine $igarettes which have killed 200,000,000 human beings since 1853.

        • Jordan

          I think Dixy is spot on. A little off topic and not very clear but hey last I checked America still allows free speech and opinion even if it is a little off center. Or maybe you and MrPC and the sarcastic but funny Zach fail to see the bigger picture. New York, California and many of the other ultra liberal states are trying to regulate everything under the sun and are making other states very wary of any policies they enact. This therefore can have an opposite effect on the rest of the country in many areas including cannabis reform. The same thing happened in the ultra conservative states concerning immigration. Now they are not taken seriously by the majority of the country on many topics. New York maybe a massive state but it has been ridiculed for some of its elected officials policies and choices recently.

          • wowFAD

            How can someone be both “spot on” and also “a little off topic and not very clear,” exactly? I mean, you’re both a little off topic and not very clear, but I still don’t see how you’re both talking about the same thing, especially because you tell them all to look at the “bigger picture” before giving zero examples to demonstrate whatever point you were trying to make.

            I get that you’re trying to say something about over-regulation. An example would be forcing small family farms to comply with regulations imposed by the FDA and USDA that were only intended to apply to industrial food production operations, which is forcing small farms out of business. Bloomberg’s idiotic soda policy was not an example of over-regulation. It was an attempt to limit personal choice to force New Yorkers to drink less soda. Businesses were not complaining about that policy (no free refills and smaller cups translates into more MONEY), the voters were complaining.

            As far as states not being taken seriously anymore because of their ideological views on regulations, the big stories in the news have been about the consequences of severely LAX regulation. The fertilizer plant that blew up next to a school in Texas. The tainted water supply in West Virginia. The burst oil pipeline in North Dakota. Those three states had avoidable disasters because they bought the generalized “all regulation is bad” ideology. The national headlines about those disasters agree they could have been avoided and that little/no regulation of those industries was to blame.

            Using one specific issue about soda cup size in NY as a starting point to work your way up to a more general discussion about regulating any/all industries just doesn’t make any sense. Even if it did, the point you tried to make doesn’t match up with reality. Not even a little bit. There is such a thing as unnecessary regulation, but that doesn’t mean all regulation is bad.

      • MrPC

        So, you’re saying we should work against this new momentum to legalize cannabis, because “they” will do something terrible to us (because we’re having so much fun)? Maybe “they” will get “us” so stoned we won’t mind lining up for the Soylent Green factory? What is your point??

      • painkills2

        Bloomberg is not a liberal, never has been a liberal, and just pretends to be a liberal. Just call him Jamie Dimon in disguise.

  • moldy

    I don’t think the west coast seniors are as ass-backwards as the NY old folks.

  • M11B222INF8791

    Okay Mr. DEA!

    • Jake Stevens

      These guys are generally not DEA, just scammers.

      • painkills2

        Hard to prove one way or another, though.

        • Jake Stevens

          True, but luckily you don’t have to worry about which one it is, because there’s no situation where it’s a good idea to get involved with these guys.

          • painkills2

            Got that right. Still, makes me wonder what the ratio is between scammers and DEA agents…

  • brandon

    Is it this 65 and over demographic that is holding things back?

    • wowFAD

      Yes, and about 55% of NY Republicans.

  • MrPC

    Hmmm, should I send some anonymous person with a photo a big pile of money and see what happens, or drive down to the LEGAL store a couple of miles away and buy something I can actually see and touch? Let’s see…

  • painkills2

    New York, what’s up, man?

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    • painkills2

      For someone with absolutely no imagination in choosing avatar names, we’re supposed to believe you know what you are talking about when it comes to weed? Nah…

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  • Alexys Steele

    I have been seeing fliers all over my neighborhood for a brooklyn medical marijuana dispensary. This is amazing!