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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Support For Marijuana Legalization In Washington Grows

marijuana legalization support washingtonWashington voters approved marijuana legalization on Election Day in 2012. Washington was one of two states that did so during that election, Colorado of course being the other one. Oregon also voted on marijuana legalization that year, but lost. Fortunately Oregon was successful two years later, along with Alaska and Washington D.C.. Washington has had a much bumpier implementation of marijuana legalization compared to Colorado, but according to a recent poll, support for marijuana legalization is even stronger than before in Washington, despite the issues. Per Public Policy Polling:

Over the last couple elections voters in Washington legalized gay marriage and marijuana, and enacted background checks on all gun sales. Our newest poll in the state finds that all three of those new laws are even more popular now after being implemented than they were when voters first approved them.

Also in 2012 Washingtonians voted to legalize marijuana usage by 12 points. Now voters in the state say they support marijuana being legal by 19 points, 56/37. 77% of voters say marijuana being legal has either had a positive impact on their life or no impact at all, with likewise only 22% claiming marijuana legalization has affected them negatively.

Washington voters were on the leading edge of legalizing gay marriage, marijuana, and extended background checks. And since those policies went in effect the verdict has been no big deal, leading to their increasing popularity.

Apparently there is no buyer’s remorse in Washington. Marijuana opponents stated over and over during the campaign that an approval of marijuana legalization on Election Day would be something that voters would come to regret. If this poll is any indication, those predictions were clearly wrong. Polling in Colorado has shown similar results as far as a boost in support for legalization after marijuana was legalized.

  • lovingc

    Makes me wonder how these nay sayers feel (if they can) when their dyer predictions don’t materialize.

    • skoallio

      Did you hear of the 4 stores in WA selling marijuana to minors in a sting?

      Did you hear the news reports linking marijuana to psycosis, skitsofrenia and reductions in iq?

      Did you hear about 4 deaths in Colorado linked to marijuana? One man jumped off a balcony, another shot and killed fis wife, another shot himself and another stabbed himself…. all while high.

      I wonder how many people in the poll know about this.

      • Everybody has seen the sensational headlines… Yawn…

      • Ted Mishler

        many many people do stupid things and die everyday. And yet, if they do not have thc in them, it is forgotten, I wonder how many dumb asses know about this

      • MelG

        I live in Washington state. Would you kindly post a link about this ‘sting’? Links for the additional stories you mentioned would be greatly appreciated.

        Most of it is here say or they were drinking with pot and/or other drugs. Eating a pot cookie and jumping off a balcony. I don’t buy it.

      • Sounds like a Fox news addict with an IQ clearly under 50. Try “psychosis” and “schizophrenia”.
        BTW – marijuana has ZERO effect on schizophrenia -, watch “the Culture High” on Netflix.
        Have you heard of the 5.5 MILLION annual deaths due to cigarettes?
        People do crazy shit drunk and sober too. Nobody cares about your alleged pot horror stories.

      • lovingc

        What I read was the law was on the job and those businesses were penalized. The deaths are associated
        with cannabis use not because of it.

      • Von

        Hrmm your study on iq drop, you mean the one that was found to be twisted, the one that did not account for alcohol and other drug use. Or are you talking about the much larger study that showed that using marijuana only showed no change in iq and that showed the iq drop in the study to be linked to alcohol use.

        It was 2 deaths in colorado not 4. The kid who jumped off a balcony, who had a supposed history of mental illness who previously threatened suicide prior to traveling to colorado? Or the guy who murdered his wife, a couple who had filed for divorce. The murder who not only was on marijuana but also drunk and on opiate prescription medications. The murder who had a loaded gun in possession prior to getting drunk, high on pain killers and had some marijuana?

        There is more to the story then what fox reported. Course I don’t hear you screaming to make illegal Alcohol which kills 6 people a day to over consumption alone not counting the chronic illnesses and traffic fatalities. Even if the deaths were 4, in 3 years of legalization, that’s a smaller fraction the number of deaths from OTC aspirin in the last 6 months.

      • Mike Johnson

        Alcohol is worse.

      • AntiIgnorant

        And yet, alcohol is still 114 times worse according to recent studies.

  • dino chang

    Marijuana has been ILLEGAL for over 70 years!

    What are the results?

    *Today marijuana is America’s #1 cash crop.

    *Today American kids can buy marijuana easier than they can buy a beer.

    *Marijuana is stronger and easier to get than ever before, albeit much more expensive than it should be. To smoke casually from the “black market”, it will run you $100/month. This is much more expensive than it needs to be. More expensive than my cell phone ($20/month from Tmobile), car insurance ($25/month from Insurance Panda), netflix ($10/month), and gym ($15/month from PF) COMBINED!!! Would you rather put money into the hands of violent gangs and drug dealers… or into taxes for schools, hospitals, public infrastructure, etc.???

    *Today marijuana is the #1 source of income for violent drug gangs and drug cartels who are richer and more dangerous than ever before.

    *Guns are illegal in Mexico yet Mexican drug cartels are buying machine guns, rocket launchers, grenades, airplanes, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft guns, and even submarines.

    *There are over half a million Americans in jail right now for non-violent drug crimes.

    *The DEA has been having sex parties funded by drug cartels.

    The ATF/DOJ has given thousands of guns to drug cartels.

    I have this stupid thing I do called THINKING, and clearly I can see that marijuana prohibition can never work! America should have learned this simple lesson from alcohol prohibition!

    • HerbGrinder

      You are mistaken if you think any wars that the US has been involved in since WWII were meant to be won. What did we win in Korea ? What did we win in Viet Nam,what are we winning in the Middle east ??? They are about $$$$. Same with the War on Drugs,,,,,

    • michael morton

      People complain about no jobs ,the contraindications of every prescribe medicine approved by the FDA,Marijuana is the only clinically documented natural substance that is proven to successfully treat a variety of medical conditions with no contraindications. The only reason it is not federally legal is because pharmaceutical industries can’t place a patent and control pricing on a naturally growing weed. The rising weed industris would put people to work by creating millions of jobs. This would put street dealers and cause cartels to lose major cash forcing them to push harder drugs.pot needs to be legalized because unlike alcohol and tobacco it is non addicting .The only reason it is not removed from schedule 1,is because politicians are paid by alcohol and tobacco companies to keek it illegal . fortunately, the tide is turning and people arent buying into the bullshit trolled out by the Dea and fence shitting politions on the take.
      My point being if weed were legal,it could be taxed by states to create jobs for people,besides it can be used to make so many commercial products that are more durable. There is a definite kndustry rising

  • Mike Johnson

    I think that politicians that want to stand against cannabis, do so at great risk. I’ve been waiting about 40 years to see voters really make their voice heard about this issue. Now that the dam has broken, most any redneck politician that tries to stop the flow will be washed down down a river of redneck tears! Can’t stand folks telling me cannabis is dangerous. See ya! And good riddance!

    • Guy Foster

      red necks also smoke stupid

      • Mike Johnson

        If you smoke pot your probably not a redneck!

        • miss independent

          trust me they do…. rednecks do not just drink alcohol. but u have your “classes” of rednecks I suppose

        • Von

          Totally not true! I grew up in the south (don’t hold it against me) and I knew many rednecks that smoked cannabis. I personally think the whole stoner cheech and chong / hippy stigma is so false, much like the reefer madness my brain is going to cook like eggs in a frying pan is extremely inaccurate. Maybe it’s time to drop the stigmata that was created by the Prohibitionist trying to scare us into conformity. Just a thought!

          • Mike Johnson

            While ‘redneckious americanus’ is most prevalent in the south, there are sightings all over the USA! It is sometimes hard to distinguish between redneckious and other species, usually, if a liberal amount of cold beer is spread arround, the redneckious will make themselves quite obvious. To make sure that it is a true redneckious, after the cold beer application, mention what a great president Obama is and pot should be legal. The results should make it clear whether you have found a true redneckious americanus. Care must be taken!! They can be dangerous if provoked!!✌️

        • Guy Foster

          im actually a hill billy but my red neck friends smoke it .

    • miss independent

      even the younger population are starting to talk about pot being no where near as dangerous as alcohol….. its obvious…. compare a stoner to a drunk

  • Michael Yates

    I read about the stores in Washington. Waiting for more info before rushing to a judgement, But if it’s true there’s always gonna be some idiot willing to risk all the hard work to get here.

  • MelG

    No remorse? I would have never voted for legal weed if I knew down the line medical dispensaries would close. I have severe MS. Tried the recreational and its crap compared to the medical dispensaries.

    I guess the terminally ill are screwed. I’ve been told to go black market if I want medical grade.

    • Silverado

      I wouldn’t have either. So, you have a year to get active and make sure that doesn’t happen. So it’s time to get going, huh?? In the mean time and instead of the black market, I would suggest any of the cannabis type Farmer’s Markets throughout the greater Puget Sound area for outstanding prices and excellent overall quality of all things cannabis. There’s one in Olympia, one in South Tacoma, Gorst near Bremerton has a popular one and there’s a good one just out of Enumclaw on the way to Flaming Geyser too. I’ve been to the one on Rainier Ave In Seattle also but in my not so humble opinion the one in South Tacoma at 106th & Pacific Ave on Sundays is one of the better venues due to the number of patients, number of vendors and the quality and amount of product. And what a vibe here!! It’s BUSY!! If you haven’t been to one of these…unique events, do yourself (NOW is the time to meet and make those…connections) and your pocketbook a favor and go as they have them now every weekend – somewhere. Just Google them. And prepare to be amazed… Good luck!!

      • Fr33dom

        You’re sick so I should be thrown under the bus? Thanks to healthy folks like me we passed med MJ for you all while I was still a criminal!

        How about instead of putting me in jail we fight for your rights along side mine?

        • Silverado

          Huh?? That’s what I like – clarity of thought…

          • Fr33dom

            the political reality is this. Sick folks who need medicine (and they do!) are a small minority and they need not only the support of recreational users but also of the general public. There would be no protection under the law for sick people if it wasn’t for the support of everyone else. When you step on the rights of us recreational users, you bite the hand that feeds you.

            Before recreational laws passed, I fought along side you even though you had rights and I had none. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, you won’t do the same for me.

            You being “right” won’t help you when it comes at the expense of your political allies.

    • Barry Cohen

      Crap? Not the same weed?

  • Silverado

    God, now if we could just get rid of Patty Murray and Maria What’s-Her-Name BOTH who profess to liking and wanting to help our Vets but absolutely hate anything to do with cannabis. So guess who the liars are and who comes out on the short end of the deal – again??

  • Barry Cohen

    What is taking so long to set up the dispensaries?

    • justsaying

      Really??? When the Govenment gets envolved in ANYTHING it fucks it up and cause everything to slow down to almost compleat stagnation. Ever been to the DMV?

      • shmuelman

        Ever been to a country where there is no DMV? You think some private company would do it better or cheaper, after the CEO pays himself $50 million?
        I know, teh gubmint! The reason for this problem is not “teh gubmit” because “teh gubmint” did a great job in Colorado.

        • justsaying

          Actually I have been all around the world and drivin in many different countrys thank you for asking. But I can tell that you like big government envolved in your life. In my travels I have seen the result of more govenment and while it may sound good to you on paper in the real world things fall apart. See the thing is govenment(s) programs don’t need to make money! They can waist and widdle the tax payer dollars and have no rusults. But when private entities have to do this thing called “compete” they have to give a better product or service or they are out of busness. I would suggest taking some basic economics courses. I find Americans(I have duel citizenship) are very lacking in what money is and how it works. Thank for playing now back to the childrens table with you while the adults are talking.

        • justsaying

          Actually I have been all around the world and drivin in many different countrys thank you for asking. But I can tell that you like big government envolved in your life. In my travels I have seen the result of more govenment and while it may sound good to you on paper in the real world things fall apart. See the thing is govenment(s) programs don’t need to make money! They can waist and widdle the tax payer dollars and have no rusults. But when private entities have to do this thing called “compete” they have to give a better product or service or they are out of busness. I would suggest taking some basic economics courses. I find Americans(I have duel citizenship) are very lacking in what money is and how it works. Thank for playing now back to the childrens table with you while the adults are talking.

        • Spoken like an ignoramus with NO industry experience in Colorado.

        • Spoken like an ignoramus with NO industry experience in Colorado.

      • shmuelman

        Ever been to a country where there is no DMV? You think some private company would do it better or cheaper, after the CEO pays himself $50 million?
        I know, teh gubmint! The reason for this problem is not “teh gubmit” because “teh gubmint” did a great job in Colorado.