ABC News: Public’s Support For Pot Legalization Has Never Been Higher!

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 30, 2009

    Earlier this year, a NORML-commissioned national Zogby telephone poll revealed that a record 44 percent of American voters — including nearly six out of ten adults on the west coast — now believe that cannabis should be “taxed and legally regulated like alcohol and cigarettes.”

    Since then, several additional polls have confirmed that the nation’s support for legalizing marijuana has never been higher, and is fast approaching “super-majority status.”

    In fact, a recent poll sponsored by Oaksterdam University indicates that support for legalization among Californians has already achieved such vaulted status (well, almost).

    Today two more polls are reaffirming America’s new “marijuana Zeitgeist.”

    First, in California a new Field Research Corporation poll of 901 registered voters found that 56 percent of voters agree with the statement: “Legalize marijuana for recreational use and tax its proceeds.”

    According to pollsters, this is the first time ever in a California Field poll that a majority of voters have endorsed regulating the adult use of cannabis. In February, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced legislation — Assembly Bill 390: The Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act — to tax the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis. To date, over 8,000 NORML supporters have contacted their state representatives in support of AB 390, which is expected to be taken up by the state Assembly early next year.

    Nationally, a just-released ABC News/Washington Post poll of 1,072 adults finds that a record 46 percent of all Americans now favor “legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” This total is more than double the percentage of Americans who responded affirmatively (22 percent) to a similar ABC poll question in 1997!

    via ABCNews.go.com

    46 percent of Americans now favor legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use, the most in data back to the mid-
    1980s and more than double its level 12 years ago. While 52 percent remain opposed, that’s down from 75 percent in the late 1990s and 78 percent in 1986.

    The biggest changes in the past two decades are 29- and 27-point advances in support for legalization among Democrats and independents, to 49 and 53 percent, respectively. The slightest: a 10-point gain among Republicans, to just 28 percent support.

    So much for the myth that supporting marijuana law reform is ‘politically suicidal.’ In fact, if you are a politician — or President — whose constituency leans Democrat or Independent, it’s becoming increasingly likely that more of your supporters favor legalization over prohibition, and if you want to stay elected, you should too!

    138 responses to “ABC News: Public’s Support For Pot Legalization Has Never Been Higher!”

    1. Ryan says:

      I think we have 5 to 10 years left to wait. Just wait until all the anti-drug senior citizens die.

    2. Lady In The Radiator says:

      I think we need a huge protest one day. All the cannabis smokers need to unite and make a huge deal and get tons of coverage……… the media has become pro weed recently.

      these are exciting times for blazers

      gotta put pressure on the government though!!!!

    3. Wow, we’re here, the point at which politicians are expected to “Conform,” to public opinion, votes, right? Represent the people or get ousted amigo! I saw this one coming a mile away. The real excitment today is that “WE,” “The PEOPLE,” are in more control than ever. As a people we have been labled the “Online Crowd.” Yes and we vote to change the marijuana laws now. More States will soon follow, for the sake of saving lives with hemp medicinal products, I hope Tennessee Officials are taking notes on these new State approved MJ programs.

      Tax & Regulate, who will be THE first customer to legally purchase pot? It’ll probably be a Californian, great legislative work California!

    4. Rick says:

      i love ganja

    5. Rick says:

      Mr. EZ: Write Legalize Marijuana on dollar bills? Seriously, I suppose that everybody has to talk about it and everybody has to be an activist

    6. Strix says:

      I have Chronic pain (3 back surgeries), IBS, and a Seizure disorder,couldn’t really do prison in my condition and have waited about 40yrs for legalization. I’m 61 yrs old and have lived all these years for relief from my ailments. I’d hate to think my dying day would come without any relief. There are many of us who “NEED” marijuana to be legalized NOW !!

    7. Buggsy13420666 says:

      ABC NEWS I GIVE THEM AN A+. THE FOX CHANNEL I GIVE THEM A F-. The American Public is getting more aware as time goes on THE DRUG WAR IS A FARCE. We all know that MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IS NOT WORKING and all it is doing is creating chaos upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE by filling up PRISONS with non-violent offenders and created DRACONIAN DRUG LAWS. The by-products of this DRUG WAR IS METH.-CRACK AND OTHER DRUGS THAT ARE CHEAP AND AVAILABLE. The time is here to end MARIJUANA PROHIBITION one step at a time and our time is here and tell the government- DON’T TREAD ON US! 420 ALL THE WAY!

    8. Concerned says:

      SERIOUSLY enough with the photoshopped slave statue – it is not going to help our cause at all!

    9. Vote Like A Beast says:

      Voting is the answer, The true way, the only way.
      We don’t need to convince even one more American citizen to reform the laws. The heavy lifting is already done.
      The time is now to organize for the 2010 Congressional elections. Some of us will be able to vote for our preferred candidates, some of us may have to vote against usual orientation. We took out Darth Vader in 2002. Make 2010 count. Remember if we control 20 % of the vote the politicians no longer have a choice. We pick the winner.

    10. Trenity says:

      @ Mr.EZ
      “So what we can we do to finally push this over the edge?”
      Donate as much as you can. If you can purchase marijuana weekly, then you can donate weekly.

      If every marijuana smoker donated 5 dollars every time they purchased cannabis, it would give millions of dollars every single week for NORML to use.(ads etc)

      Tell your friend, and spread the word. Be respectful to those that happen to disagree. But also at the same time, present them with factual reasons in a courteous way and cite your resources.

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