NEW POLL: Washington’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, I-502, Holds Huge Lead

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director September 12, 2012

    A new poll just released by SurveyUSA, shows Washington State’s Initiative 502 is maintaining its commanding lead heading into November. The latest survey data has likely voters in Washington supporting I-502 by a large margin, 57% of respondents stated they planned on voting yes, 34% said they would vote no, and 9% are undecided. Worth noting is, unlike previous polling in other states, I-502 does not seem to have a glaring gap when it comes to support from female voters. 57% of women said they support the measure alongside 58% of men.

    This is a slight increase in support over SurveyUSA’s previous poll, which had support at 55%, opposition at 32%, and 13% undecided. You can view more details on this latest survey here.

    A state initiative would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession for people 21 and over. It would remove state criminal and civil penalties for limited possession of marijuana, impose an excise tax on marijuana sales and earmark some revenue for substance abuse prevention, research and education. Should the measure be enacted into law?

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    88 Responses to “NEW POLL: Washington’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative, I-502, Holds Huge Lead”

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    5. Josh MacIntyre says:

      I have been pulled over multiple times with cannabis prior to this. I am a medical patient so I was never bothered. I can bet that it will be very different now because the state has the go ahead to crack down. you need to understand that police are revenue writers. sure they dropped alot of charges and I applaud that! but this is because these petty charges to not increase state funds. but DUI does increase state revenue. so they will be all over it. if you cant drive with it? if you cant smoke it in public? if you cant grow it? This law did nothing but make it legal to posses a oz of marijuana in your home while stiffening the other penalty’s. this is all about the state getting revenue. 502 is broken and useless unless the cops find some marijuana in your house. or you are stopped walking down the street with it. Your arguments are petty compared to the very large broken issues with 502. people say laws aren’t perfect. but meanwhile this law waits to be changed. countless people will get DUI on their permanent records witch will make it hard to find jobs, and cause financial distress.

    6. Josh MacIntyre says:

      There is no complaint. or whining. the law is just useless. you can have an oz of marijuana. if you get caught in the car with it chances are you are a regular smoker and you got a DUI. so driving with it is dangerous. before a person 17-20 years of age would get a small fine infraction for marijuana and now there is a zero tolerance so its a charge on the permanent record. now its an even bigger penalty if you grow it. stop and look and the punishments are worse that before. all this is just the state trying to stick there pocket in something that shouldn’t have a pocket! it should be completely legal!!

      [Editor’s note: It was never lawful or wise to travel in WA with any amount of cannabis whether one was a patient or not, pre or post I-502; cannabis prohibition policy should not be shaped by teenage use and the penalty for growing cannabis without a license is not greater under legalization than prohibition.

      You call the voters’ choice to end cannabis prohibition “useless”, but states attorneys in WA are already dropping hundreds of cases that happened prior to the vote. The people who just had their charges dropped and the taxpayers in WA who now don’t have to pay for their expensive journey into the criminal justice system don’t think that the voters’ will to change the policy is useless.]

    7. Josh MacIntyre says:

      the editor to this blog is not hearing any valid views on voting no! he will only post things he can attack. and will not post facts. the facts are that Colorado shot down the 5 nano gram limit 3 times because it is not scientifically correct. and there actually is not a number at all for DUI for marijuana. there aren’t any deaths ever recorded. the only reason the DUI law was implemented was to get this law to pass and of course cause more state revenue. even though it will go on countless medical patients permanent records witch will make it hard to find jobs. this is not going to make cannabis more affordable. more people will get a medical authorization. the dispensary are not taxed or touched at all. while the state stores will hold a 25% tax. they will not be able to compete with dispensary or street prices because the cost of grow and tax will outweigh the profit margin. lets be real here! it does not grow outside in Washington state. so the numbers are not gonna work. people will still go to dispensary’s witch are untaxed. and they will go to their neighborhood pot dealer witch is untaxed! thank you!

      [Editor’s note: Colorado voters have never been asked to vote on cannabis DUID laws (quasi-govt panels have tabled DUID regulations, not rejected them) and what is your complaint if patients have access to untaxed medicine?

      Enjoy the new law…fix it where applicable…stop whining.]

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