Aug 092011
 August 9, 2011

legalize cannabisBy Phillip Smith

A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new poll from Angus Reid Public Opinion. The online survey of a representative sample of 1,003 American adults found that 55% supported legalizing marijuana, while 40% opposed it.

Majority support for pot legalization crossed all age lines, with young people (18-34) at 53%, middle aged people (35-54) at 57%, and seniors (55+) at 54%. Legalization also won majority support among Democrats (63%) and independents (61%), but not among Republicans (41%).

Angus Reid polls in 2009 and last year also showed majority support for legalization, with 53% and 52%, respectively, but this year, support increased slightly. That’s in line with, but slightly more optimistic than other recent national polls.

legalize marijuanaThe upward tick in support for freeing the weed has also been evidenced in other polls in the past year and a half, although the other polls have support for legalization hovering at just under 50%. In January, 2010, an ABC News/Washington Post poll had support at 46%; in April, 2010, a Pew poll had it at 41%. By last July, Rasmussen showed it at 43%. In November, a Gallup pollhad support for legalization at 46%, its highest level ever and a 15 percentage point increase over just a decade ago. Some of these polls showed majority support for legalization in the West, which will be put to the test in 2012.

While there was majority support for pot legalization, there was little support for legalizing other drugs. The poll asked about cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and ecstasy, and none of them reached even 10% support.

If there was little support for drug legalization, there was little enthusiasm for the war on drugs, either. Only 9% of respondents believed the war on drugs was a success, while 67% said it had failed.

These last numbers suggest that Americans may be open to an alternative to current drug policy approaches, but that they are a long way from embracing legalization as the alternative.

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  • http://USMJP.com usmjp

    Yes, the majority of Americans support making marijuana legal,
    and they don’t care who gets the job done,
    so long as it gets done!!!!!

    Legal Notice: There is a difference between the
    “U.S. Marijuana Party” also known as the
    “United States Marijuana Party” and the
    “U.S. Marijuana Party” and the
    United States Marijuana Party”.

    Huh?

    You got it, there are two legal entities and both
    are known under both names.

    The only differences are the domains.

    http://usmjp.com
    http://usmjp.org
    http://usmjp.net

    AND

    http://usmjparty.com
    http://usmjparty.org
    http://usmjparty.net

    Cris Ericson is the only candidate in the U.S.A.
    who has ever been on any official election ballot
    for the United States Marijuana Party.
    http://usmjp.com, http://usmjp.org, http://usmjp.net

    The other U.S. Marijuana Party has a party
    “President” which used to be Richard J. Rawlings
    and is now “Wayward Bill” aka William A. Chengalis
    of Denver, Colorado.

    The odd thing is that most political parties in the
    U.S.A. have a “Chairperson” or “Chairman”
    and a candidate running for President.

    The problem is that Cris Ericson is the only one
    who is willing to take the time and energy to
    READ THE STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS
    concerning political parties, political action committees,
    and election laws.

    In other words, Cris Ericson did the legal research
    necessary and got the ballot access petition signatures
    necessary to get on the ballot for the
    U.S. Marijuana Party in 2010 http://USMJP.com
    http://USMJP.org
    http://USMJP.net

    The BIG QUESTION IS THIS: WILL Wayward Bill
    read the laws necessary to help people actually
    get on the ballot in their states for the
    U.S. Marijuana Party?

    Since both entities, Cris Ericson and all the others,
    have been using the names U.S. Marijuana Party and
    United States Marijuana Party,
    and NO ONE has filed for a TRADEMARK for the name,
    it is now too late to file for a trademark,
    it is in common usage by all of them.

    So, just remember, no one out there in the general public
    cares who does all the work to make marijuana legal,
    they just hope and pray that SOMEONE will get the job done!

    Cris Ericson suggests to Wayward Bill that he might take the
    time to call the Federal Election Commission and visit their
    website http://www.fec.gov and visit the state websites for
    the Secretary of State in each state and find out the laws in
    each state to get on the ballot.

    http://www.loc.gov
    http://uscode.house.gov

    LEARN STATE AND FEDERAL ELECTION LAWS AND
    STATE AND FEDERAL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS.
    LEARN WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A POLITICAL
    ACTION COMMITTEE.
    LEARN HOW TO CREATE A POLITICAL PARTY
    IN YOUR STATE.

    LEARN TO CONTINUE TO LEARN. http://www.fec.gov