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Even in Deep-Red Idaho, Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana

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Idaho is one of the most conservative states in the country–McCain carried it with over 61 percent of the vote in 2008–yet, even in this deep-red state, the people overwhelmingly support allowing individuals access to medical marijuana, according to a new poll. From the Spokesman-Review:

The respected Boise State University Public Policy Survey, a statewide poll that’s been conducted in the state for more than 20 years, yielded a surprising result Tuesday: 74 percent support for allowing “terminally and seriously ill patients to use and purchase marijuana for medical purposes.”

Just 23 percent said “no” to that in the statewide survey, and 3 percent said they didn’t know.

There is probably not another issue in contemporary politics where there is a larger disconnect between the public’s view and the position of their elected representatives.

Time to re-schedule cannabis

It is absurd that given near-universal popular support for medical marijuana, even in the most conservative of states, that both Congress and the President still refuse to even at least re-schedule cannabis.

Marijuana is currently “schedule I,” meaning that no doctor can prescribe it for any reason. There is no reason our elected representative can’t fill the overwhelming wish of the public and move marijuana to a lower schedule. Lowering its schedule would allow it to prescribed without changing its illegal status for personal use. For example, cocaine, morphine, and methamphetamine are schedule II drugs, while steroids, Ketamine, and GHB are all schedule III.

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Even in Deep-Red Idaho, Overwhelming Support for Medical Marijuana

Idaho is one of the most conservative states in the country–McCain carried it with over 61 percent of the vote in 2008–yet, even in this deep-red state, the people overwhelmingly support allowing individuals access to medical marijuana, according to a new poll. From the Spokesman-Review:

The respected Boise State University Public Policy Survey, a statewide poll that’s been conducted in the state for more than 20 years, yielded a surprising result Tuesday: 74 percent support for allowing “terminally and seriously ill patients to use and purchase marijuana for medical purposes.”

Just 23 percent said “no” to that in the statewide survey, and 3 percent said they didn’t know.

There is probably not another issue in contemporary politics where there is a larger disconnect between the public’s view and the position of their elected representatives.

Time to re-schedule cannabis

It is absurd that given near-universal popular support for medical marijuana, even in the most conservative of states, that both Congress and the President still refuse to even at least re-schedule cannabis.

Marijuana is currently “schedule I,” meaning that no doctor can prescribe it for any reason. There is no reason our elected representative can’t fill the overwhelming wish of the public and move marijuana to a lower schedule. Lowering its schedule would allow it to prescribed without changing its illegal status for personal use. For example, cocaine, morphine, and methamphetamine are schedule II drugs, while steroids, Ketamine, and GHB are all schedule III.

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Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (http://jwalkerreport.blogspot.com/).