Oct 192012
 

surveyusa oregon measure 80 surveyJust Say No To Failed Marijuana Prohibition – Support Oregon Measure 80

A new poll was just released by SurveyUSA about Oregon Measure 80, and there is some good and bad news. See below:

“Measure 80, which would allow adults to grow and possess marijuana, continues to trail narrowly. Today, “No” leads “Yes” 43% to 36%. Compared to a SurveyUSA poll 5 weeks ago, opposition is up 2 points, support is down 1 point. The measure had trailed by 4, now trails by 7. The margin of support among Democrats has dropped 10 points.”

As you can see, Oregon Measure 80 trails by a little bit more than it did in the last poll. However, before people get sad, realize that there is still 21% of people polled that have yet to decide on Measure 80. I would offer up the explanation that many of the 21% don’t know enough about Measure 80. This is where we need to come in! Make it a goal to tell 5 people a day about Oregon Measure 80 that haven’t heard about it between now and Election Day. We only need 1/3rd of the undecided voters to go from ‘undecided’ to ‘yes’ in order to bring this thing to a virtual tie! It doesn’t sound that hard when you look at it like that!

Below is the data collection methods for the SurveyUSA poll, which if you’re a poly sci nerd like me, is very important info:

Cell-phone and home-phone respondents included in this research. SurveyUSA interviewed 700 state of Oregon adults 10/16/12 through 10/18/12. Of the adults, 644 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 579 were determined by SurveyUSA to be likely to vote in the 11/06/12 election. This survey was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (77% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (23% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device.

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  • CamelDeDelMar

    Thank you for your support. This bill needs all the help it can get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nunnaya Shayla Rogers

    Yeah, like a poll of 700 Oregonians means anything. It’s gonna pass. This is Oregon…. duh.

    • Tekshow

      Not necessarily its failed before, and not too long ago. Make sure to vote, I think a lot of cannabis supporters tell themselves other people will vote, and then don’t. You have to vote on this to make a change,

    • Someone

      Oregon is mostly conservative rednecks… that’s the problem. It’s not all hippies.

      • Bob

        Huh? Oregon, as a whole, always votes democrat.

  • Pdxtrouble

    If it’s ahead in Washington 57% to 33%, it’s probably ahead in Oregon too. It’s going to be Libertarians who put it over the top. Proponents have no ad budget.

  • Antoine Dubois

    This measure really needs to pass. A lot of people
    think, “Hey… possessing a small amount of marijuana isn’t a big
    deal, why do we need this larger measure?”.

    The 40 year old war on drugs has become
    nothing more than a boondoogle and taxpayer money pit. Our Federal Government’s
    response to Cannabis use has always been oppressive at best and absolutely
    draconian the rest of the time.

    There is no evidence that the medical or
    recreational use of cannabis would be any more harmful or detrimental to our
    society than the recreational use of alcohol. Truthfully, it could be argued
    that the recreational use of cannabis may actually alleviate a lot of problems
    associated with alcohol abuse and may contribute to a lessening of highway
    fatalities.

    In the Netherlands, their Federal government
    categorizes drugs into two categories: Hard Drugs and Soft Drugs. Hard drugs
    are usually those drugs that are produced through the use of chemistry, in a
    lab setting, and would not be a naturally occurring substance. Soft drugs tend
    to be those that can be harvested directly from nature and consumed in their
    original state.

    By the way… Since we began our war on drugs
    back in the 1970′s, the US Prison Population has become the world’s largest. We
    put more of our citizens in prison than any other country in the world. This
    includes Iran, Russia, Cuba, and China. More of our people per capita are in
    prison then any other nation. Most of these offenders are due to the War on
    Drugs. As something else to consider, the United States has also been dabbling
    in For Profit Prisons that are run by private firms. These for profit prisons
    have a mandate to maintain their populations at 90% or more to maintain their
    profit margins. These corporations, if you do the research, tend to be the MOST
    AGAINST any kind of revision to the Federal stance on cannabis usage. I wonder
    why?

    For-Profit-Prisons don’t like changes to our
    Federal Stance against cannabis. Are there anyone else? There’s the DEA. The
    Drug and Enforcement Agency is against softening it’s stance against Cannabis
    primarily because it will affect their funding ($2 Billion a year). For an
    enlightening view into the DEA’s actual philosophy on cannabis, watch this
    video of the DEA Chief, Michele Leonhart as she testifies before Congress about
    the dangers of cannabis: http://youtu.be/n_cjLqDMqGI.

    So, For-Profit-Prisons don’t want to change our
    stance on the war on drugs, the DEA doesn’t, Alcohol distilleries are not keen
    on the idea too, nor is the Pharmaceutical Industry. Getting the picture?
    People who profit from this prohibition are the primary advocates against
    legalization efforts.

    Let’s talk about some of the current
    marijuana drug laws that are enforced in Oregon:

    A couple of years ago I was selected as a juror in the
    city of Newport. A young man of about 22 years old was charged with Possession,
    Intent to Sell and Intent to Manufacture Marijuana.

    Very briefly, let’s talk about current Oregon laws:
    Possessing slightly MORE than an ounce of marijuana is a big deal that may be
    punishable with up to 10 Years in prison.

    If you have a couple of ounces of marijuana, and have the
    misfortune of having a couple of empty zip-lock baggies next to this stash, it
    is considered manufacturing. If the state of Oregon is able to pin a
    Manufacturing charge on a suspect, that suspect is facing up to 20 years in
    prison. For comparison’s sake, Child Molesters in Oregon often get 6-8 years in
    prison when they are convicted.

    Getting the picture?

    About 56% of Americans (a majority) now believe that
    Marijuana should be legalized. Do you think the same percentage of people
    believe that Molesting Children should be legalized?

    I didn’t think so.

    So, back to my story about the guy on trial.

    Yeah, he was a real bad-ass. Basically, he was a 22 year
    old slacker, who liked to play video games, hang out with his friends, smoke
    pot, and to make extra money he thought it’d be okay to dabble in buying and
    selling pot to his pals. The only problem was one of his pals turned out to be
    a snitch and ratted him out to the Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team
    (LINT).

    These guys have some money. They also have a mandate to
    justify the money they’re receiving to fight the “War on Drugs”. They
    show up at the slacker’s house one day at 5 in the morning, bust in his door
    with a battering ram, and hogtie this desperado. Our 22 year old slacker is
    crying now. They confiscate his stash, his money, and his scales and baggies.
    On the way to jail, the cops let him know that he could get 10 years for
    possession, 10 years for intent to sell, and a whopping 20 years for
    manufacturing. 40 years in prison (IN OREGON!!!).

    I did rally my fellow jurors. We found this young man Not
    Guilty for manufacturing, and Not Guilty for intent to sell, but we had to nail
    him for the possession. I never learned what he was sentenced to. I hope it
    wasn’t the full 10 years. It’d seem like such an injustice for this dumb young
    guy to spend more time in prison than the 40 year old English teacher who
    molested his 12 year old student.

    Don’t be fooled people. A vote for Measure 80 is actually a vote for your freedoms. Even if you don’t use cannabis, and never intend to ever use cannabis, this still affects your freedoms simply because it sends a message to those who want to restrict freedoms to others.

  • ogalex

    wait would this decriminalize it for people over 21?

    • Drew_Gehringer

      It’s already decriminalized (if I recall right, possession of less then an ounce just gets you a fine and no jail time, not unlike a speeding ticket), but yes, this would completely legalize it for anyone in oregon over 21.

    • writemikemc

      Yes. You can grow it for personal use without permit or registration, so long as you aren’t selling it. Hemp can be grown for agricultural and industrial use without permit or registration.

      a good law that will bring industry and jobs, like the craft breweries…

  • John Parker Jr

    I am a city council candidate in Winston, Or.
    I voted to legalize marijuana and am a current card holder.

  • JJ

    It wont pass. Even people I know who use cannabis are against. Just legalize it, period. We don’t need state controlled dispensaries.

    • http://twitter.com/bleah3 Red Dotter

      JJ, Educate yourself. That’s exactly what Measure 80 is about, legalizing it.

    • Papa Ganda

      Anyone would be able to grow as much as they wanted for personal use with no restrictions on the number of plants you’re allowed to own.
      Seriously, did anyone even read the initiative?

  • JB

    I think some that smoke just dont wanna pay tax on it so its going to do poor

    • Papa Ganda

      Well if you meet any smokers that feel that way then just remind them that you don’t have to pay taxes on it, or pay for it at all for that matter. Measure 80 would make growing for your own personal use legal too.

    • Tekshow

      Not to mention that a taxed legal form of cannabis would be Farr cheaper than its current market rate.

  • Tekshow

    How can it not be passing? Are these polls legit? There’s so much positive feedback online I don’t believe these numbers. Main thing is we Have to vote!

  • edog

    This measure is horribly drafted and anyone who wants to maintain quality and safety in the OMMP program should vote no. I am a very active member of the MM community and specifically the legal community protecting patients and collectives. This measure will create an alcohol like oversight com, anyone that lives or has been to oregon knows how poorly the acohol commision runs things, why would you want your local collectives ran the same way. Vote NO, there will be better initiatives that come out after the election we have all been working on but do not want to reveal until this measure is out of the way.

  • YESON80

    It only failed before (measure74) becuase Oregonians didn’t want Oregon to turn in to a Cally Mentally with dispensaries on every corner. I would rather have regulated State dispensaries myself.. But then again with it being legal , I would not have to obtain and OMMP card again. I have waited 50 years to cast this YES vote,,, a garden in every home.