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Poll: Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania Voters Back Marijuana Reform

ohio florida pennsylvania medical marijuanaA new poll is out by Quinnipiac University which found overwhelming support for medical marijuana legalization in three key swing states – Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The poll also found majority support for marijuana legalization in those states. Per Quinnipiac University:

Voters in three critical swing states, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, support legalization of medical marijuana by margins of 5-1 or more and also support legalization of recreational marijuana use by smaller margins, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released today.

Support for medical marijuana is 84 – 14 percent in Florida, 84 – 15 percent in Ohio and 88 – 10 percent in Pennsylvania, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. The Swing State Poll focuses on Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania because since 1960 no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of these three states.

Support for allowing adults “to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use” is 55 – 42 percent in Florida, 52 – 44 percent in Ohio and 51 – 45 percent in Pennsylvania.

But swing state voters say they don’t plan to use marijuana themselves:

– 17 percent of Florida voters say they “definitely” or “probably” would use it, while 81 percent say they “probably” or “definitely” would not;
– 14 percent of Ohio voters say they “definitely” or “probably would use it, while 84 percent say “definitely” or “probably” not;
– 15 percent of Pennsylvania voters say they are likely to try, while 83 percent say no.

“Bare majorities in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania say they support allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, and more than eight in 10 say it should be available for medical uses,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority had the following to say about the poll results:

“These results show that marijuana legalization is a mainstream issue that ambitious politicians should try to latch onto instead of run away from. If the next president isn’t willing to personally support ending prohibition as the best policy approach, he or she at least needs to push for changing federal laws so that seriously ill people can use medical marijuana without fear of being harassed by the DEA. Medical marijuana polls way better with voters than any presidential candidate does.”

  • Those who wish to live in a free society need to accept that this means freedom for all people of that society, not only for certain groups and the activities they happen to enjoy. Obviously in some cases there are extenuating circumstances that warrant intervention with criminal law. In the case of mind-altering drugs we have already set that precedent with alcohol. Cannabis is significantly less harmful than alcohol both to the consumer and especially to others, therefore, if we are to have justice, then the penalties for using, possessing and selling cannabis should be no worse than those of alcohol.

    Under prohibition cannabis is easily accessible to nearly anyone of any age who wants it. Even over 80% of high school seniors have reported that cannabis is “easy to get” for the last 30 years. Would we rather empower thugs and criminals, who also push hard drugs, by having them supply the 20 millions pounds of cannabis traded yearly in the U.S., or legitimate businessmen who can be easily monitored, check I.D., pay taxes, settle disputes in court rather than in streets, and follow other regulations?

    Voters must realize that:

    1) Cannabis has been unjustly demonized and is less harmful than alcohol.
    2) Cannabis prohibition has little effect on the rates of problematic usage.
    3) Prohibition causes many harms at great cost.

    A vote for cannabis legalization is to condemn a costly prohibition that causes more harm than it prevents. After 75 years it is time to re-legalize this popular substance for adult usage as well.

    Let’s end this futile attempt to eradicate a popular substance that a majority of Americans believe should be legal. This prohibition is very costly (money is only a small part of these costs), senseless, unjust, unfounded, harmful, and un-American. Please consider what the following cannabis legalization organizations have to say. Help end this prohibition by joining their mailing lists, signing their petitions and writing your legislators when they call for it.

    MPP – The Marijuana Policy Projecthttp://www.mpp.org
    DPA – Drug Policy Alliancehttp://www.drugpolicy.org
    NORML – National Organization to Reform Marijuana Lawshttp://norml.org
    LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibitionhttp://www.leap.cc

  • I know this is a controversial opinion, but I think we should be convincing more people to try it. A person can be faced with all the research and evidence in the world, but they still won’t quite understand how utterly harmless cannabis is until they try it for themselves and realize that it doesn’t completely alter your mind – you are still you. I think that’s what scares people the most about cannabis.

  • khh

    “If the next president isn’t willing to personally support ending prohibition as the best policy approach,…”

    Most of the GOP contenders have done so. Cruz, Paul, Rubio and Bush have stated legalization is up to the states. Walker dodged the question, the weasel. Only Jindal has said federal law should be enforced.

    • khh

      I forgot Rick Perry. He’s been on board with leaving it to the states for some time now.