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National Poll Shows Record 58% Think Marijuana Should Be Legal

Posted on  December 05, 2012 by  News Admin

  Only One-Third Would Approve of President Obama Interfering in Implementation of Colorado and Washington Ballot Measures   Marijuana will officially become legal for adults in Washington on Thursday when new law goes into effect   According to a national poll conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP) from November 30 to December 2, a record high 58 percent of American voters said they think marijuana should be made legal, compared to only 39 percent who do not. In addition, 50 percent of respondents said they think marijuana will become legal under federal law within the next 10 years. A strong plurality (47 percent) of respondents said they think President Obama should allow Colorado and Washington to implement the ballot measures approved by voters last month to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol. Just 33 percent said they approve of President Obama using federal resources to prevent them from going into effect. Fifty-nine percent think whether or not to legalize marijuana should be left up to each individual state government to decide - including 65 percent of Republicans and 49 percent of those who oppose legalizing marijuana in general. Interestingly, though, support for the rights of states could be higher, but 46 percent of Republicans surveyed expressing support the federal government asserting its power over the states when it comes to cannabis. "The big question on everyone's mind is - how will the federal government respond to the decisive victories in Colorado and Washington?" said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the...