NEW POLL: Majority of Washington State Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Initiative I-502

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director June 19, 2012

    The good news just keeps rolling in this week, as just released polling data from Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that the majority Washington voters support their state’s legalization initiative, I-502.
    This data is great news for New Approach Washington‘s campaign to become the first state to relegalize the adult use of cannabis this November.

    From PPP:
    Washington is also leaning toward legalizing marijuana. 50% of voters now say they’ll support Initiative 502 to 37% who are opposed. That’s a slight increase in support for the initiative relative to our last poll, which found it ahead 47/39.

    This issue isn’t quite as polarizing along party lines as gay marriage. 70% of Democrats support legalizing marijuana, less than the 82% who support gay marriage. But 22% of Republicans support legalizing marijuana to only 10% who support gay marriage. Independents support both measures with similar numbers- 54% for marijuana, 53% for marriage.

    Washington Initiative 502 would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over 21; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues. If the election was today, would you vote yes or no on Initiative 502?

    Yes 50%
    No 37%
    Not sure 12%

    More information is available from PPP here.

    This poll comes on the back of last week’s Rasmussen Reports survey that had likely Colorado voters supporting their legalization initiative, Amendment 64, by 61%. If these trends continue it is very plausible, even probable, that marijuana legalization will go 2 for 2 in November.

    43 Responses to “NEW POLL: Majority of Washington State Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Initiative I-502”

    1. Roy Morris says:

      I think it is essentially great for the state of Washington and the medical patients if legislation passes law that marijuana legal in the state Washington. Legalization and regulating the beautiful THC enriched plant would help boost the economy and provide millions of dollars to federal, state, and local governments. Legalization would all entrepreneurs to create their own business which in turn creates more jobs and spreads the the money involved in the green rush industry. This industry can potentially be worth gigantic, maybe a multi-billion industry. Besides all the dollar signs we see in the green rush, marijuana legalization would help turn some sick patients to the THC molecule for reliving pain rather than taking pills that could risk a chance of getting hooked on, especially if they’re highly addicting prescription pills. They help patients with glaucoma, aids, chemotherapy treated patients, and etc. Marijuana intake helps with the nausea, generating appetite, and easing pain in a way some pills can’t help with. This is a miracle drug to some patients suffering from these conditions. If the state of Washington legalizes this in upcoming November of this year, I think this would help politicians and law makers to get on board with the legal process in many other leaning states. I think once politicians not focus n their political funding, and instead consider the financial benefits it’ll bring to the over benefit of states and therefore our country, then they will have a turn of heart on the steriotype of weed being sold and practiced

    2. Jeff says:

      I have already voted FOR 502. I am alittle worried about the amount of tax that is going to be imposed on consumers. 25% AT EACH OF THE FOUR LEVELS OF DISTRIBUTION. This seems to be a bit eccessive even for Washington. I am not a user but have always been a comman sence supporter of legelization of marijuana. but for all you smokers out there. i would get use to the Idea of paying about 3 times what you are now. Your thoughts?

    3. weed is better does not give yu hangover agree
      boozes give hangover agree let save and smoke weed it better. for our commmtity

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