26 Sep 2014

Has There Been a Drop in Support for Marijuana Legalization?

Opponents of marijuana legalization recently seized on two polls in an effort to make a case there is some backlash against legalization, a local Colorado poll by Suffolk University and a national poll Public Religion Research Institute. Let’s look at both of these. Colorado poll The Suffolk poll found only

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26 Sep 2014

Narrow Plurality Backs Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The fight to legalize marijuana in Oregon this November is looking like it could be a real nailbiter this November. A new SurveyUSA poll for KATU-TV found that 44 percent of likely voters plan to vote for Measure 91 while 40 percent plan to vote against it, and the remaining

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25 Sep 2014

Pollsters, Please Stop Asking “Should Marijuana Use Be Legal?”

One thing I wish all pollsters would do is change how the ask about marijuana legalization, because they question they use is not applicable to the actual political debates taking place in this country. Normally the question they use in the poll is some version of “Should marijuana use by

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24 Sep 2014

Another Poll Points to Trouble for Medical Marijuana in Florida

It is going to be a close fight to see if Florida approves medical marijuana this November. Another poll shows that Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, in potentially in danger of losing. The most recent SurveyUSA poll found 53 percent of likely voters in the state

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23 Sep 2014

Rahm Emanuel Calls on State to Decriminalize Marijuana

Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, Rahm Emanuel (D) has called on the Illinois state legislature to reform drug laws and decriminalize marijuana. Emanuel is asking the legislature to adopt a statewide version of the 2012 Chicago law that made possession of up to

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23 Sep 2014

How Much Tax Revenue Could Your State Make From Legal Marijuana?

A new analysis at Nerd Wallet tries to provide a rough estimate of what every state could potentially earn per year directly from legal marijuana taxes. In the three places where legalization is on the ballot this November their estimates are: Alaska – $11,513,846 District of Columbia – $8,769,904 Oregon

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22 Sep 2014

Internal Poll Shows Medical Marijuana with 69 Percent Support in Florida

The United for Care campaign says Florida’s still on track to become the first Southern State to get a real medical marijuana program. On Monday they released a new internal poll of likely voters which found Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, with 69 percent support. Florida

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22 Sep 2014

Former U.S. Attorney Endorses Marijuana Legalization Initiative in Oregon

The campaign to legalization marijuana in Oregon continues to steadily pick up endorsements. On Monday a former United States Attorney Kris Olson came out in support of Initiative 91, which would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana for adults. Olson served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon from 1994

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18 Sep 2014

Poll: 65% Plan to Vote for D.C. Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Efforts to legalize marijuana in our nation’s capital appear on track for an easy win at the ballot box this November. Initiative 71, which would legalize possession of up to two ounces with limited home growing for adults 21 and over, has the support of 65 percent of likely voters,

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18 Sep 2014

Young People Know Marijuana Is Less Harmful to Society Than Alcohol

Young people think marijuana does much less harm to society than alcohol or tobacco. According to a Rare poll of adults 40 and younger, 47 percent believe alcohol does more harm to society, 27 percent think tobacco does, and only 13 percent picked marijuana as the most harmful of the

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