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Americans Don’t Want Obama to Interfere With State Marijuana Legalization Laws

Overwhelmingly Americans don’t want the federal government to interfere with the marijuana legalization initiatives recently approved in Colorado and Washington State. Even though marijuana is still technically illegal under federal law, a new poll by Gallup found that roughly two-thirds of Americans don’t want the Obama administration to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in the states that have legalized it. From Gallup:

As you may know, marijuana use is legal in some states. Do you think the federal government should take steps to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in those states, or not? November 2012 results

This is the latest in a string of polls to find that the American people want the federal government to respect the will of the electorate in Washington State and Colorado. As of yet the Obama administration still hasn’t indicated how they plan to deal with this conflict between state and federal law, but it is clear that regular Americans want the President to take a hands-off approach.

Gallup also asked people in general if they think marijuana use should be legal. It found 48 percent think it should be legal and 50 percent think it should be illegal. This is only slightly changed since last year when it was 46 percent illegal to 50 percent legal. The movement is technically within the polls ±4% margin of error.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at