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As Washington Voters Begin to Receive Their Ballots, Marijuana Legalization Initiative 502 Still Holds Solid Lead

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director October 18, 2012

    Washington, as you may know, is a vote by mail state. As such, the official fall ballots will be arriving in Washington voters’ mailboxes over the next several days. With the votes about to begin flowing in, Washington’s initiative to regulate marijuana is still holding a solid lead in two recent polls.

    First, a survey conducted by SurveyUSA and KING 5 NEWS showed 55 percent of voters were planning to vote YES on I-502, which would decriminalize and regulate marijuana use in the state. Only, thirty-six percent said they oppose it and 8 percent remained undecided.

    Other data just released by KCTS9 Washington, has I-502 ahead among both registered and likely voters. 50.9% of registered voters support the measure, with 40.8% against it. Likely voters back I-502 by 47.1% with 40.1% opposed. Unlike many marijuana initiatives, I-502 has strong support among female voters, 49.5% of whom support the initiative and only 39.9% oppose it.

    Keep up to date on the latest from the campaign on their official website here. You can also learn about all the ways marijuana policy comes into play during this fall’s election by visiting NORML’s Voter Guide, Smoke the Vote.

    If these poll numbers can hold strong, we will likely be celebrating Washington as one of the first states to end cannabis prohibition come November 6th.

    43 Responses to “As Washington Voters Begin to Receive Their Ballots, Marijuana Legalization Initiative 502 Still Holds Solid Lead”

    1. Collin says:

      It seems like months before a ballots are passed out, there are clear cut positive polls that are in our favor. But when the voting is at our front door, it goes back to a near 50% / 50% split. I just hope to God there is not any corruption involved, and that the ballots are “honestly” accounted for. I can just see it now “49% yes, 51% no”.

      I’ll hope for the best.

      Collin

    2. Brandon says:

      60 minutes is doing a broadcast on medical marijuana! I hope this helps us all out come election time. Finally, the media is being more open on the issue.

    3. Big Herb says:

      @Collin If you look at California’s Prop 19 in 2010, polls we’re showing a lead until October, then they started to oppose it massively. Fortunately, we’re well into October and the polls for Washington look good :)

    4. phrtao says:

      I really don’t want to be pessimistic but with 50% for and 40% against (10% don’t bother to vote) it will only take just over 1 in 20 ballots (5%) to be lost for the initiative to fail if all those ‘lost’ are for the measure. You need as big a lead as possible so that this kind of fraud cannot take place. Worrying time but there is still hope

    5. Let me spell it out and make it real clear
      It’s OK to smoke a joint, you shouldn’t have to live in fear.
      From my humble domain, infringing only on myself
      Enlightening can be frightening-put your judgements on the shelf.

      Let me make a statement, just a little food for thought.
      It won’t make you crazy or cause your brain to rot.
      Relaxed, with a smile, then some food to eat,
      what is it that I’m missing? Because that sounds kind of sweet.

      Read my lips; believe me when I say
      if you hit the bowl tonight you’ll be fine the next day.
      And in the process you’ll make your high blood pressure go away.
      Because the medicinal benefits are well known,
      glaucoma patients, Chemo patients, AIDS patients, and more,
      but the AMA and drug companies don’t want to open that door
      Because they would make less profit so understand their goal.
      It’s all about the Benjamin’s and all about control.

      Let me clue you in on what I’ve learned and what I know
      You won’t hallucinate, or stop to grow.
      You won’t jump off a roof or be unable to think
      but it might make your mouth dry and you’ll want to have a drink.
      A little buzz can erase the edge and release you from your cage
      so you won’t go postal, or have road rage.

      Let me make a point, please try to listen.
      I’d really like a job that doesn’t start with pissin.
      Because Uncle Sam acts like my daddy and gets in my business all the time.
      Why should smoking a joint by myself, in my house, be a crime?
      Because Illegal gains support other illegal gains
      but when it’s freed from the black market, then the bad guys feel the pains.
      To understand this doesn’t take a lot of brains.

      Why should others judge my life or tell me that I’m wrong?
      THIS IS NEEDLESS CONTROL THAT’S GONE ON FAR TOO LONG.
      So don’t buy the propaganda from politicians that are bought and sold,
      and fight for what is right-because individual freedom is true gold.

    6. Galileo Galilei says:

      I’ve crossed my fingers and duct taped them into that configuration. It’ll be old by the time November gets here, but, hey, no pain, no gain.

    7. […] As Washington Voters Begin to Receive Their Ballots, Marijuana Legalization Initiative 502 Still Hol… Washington, as you may know, is a vote by mail state. As such, the official fall ballots will be arriving in Washington voters’ mailboxes over the next several days. With the votes about to begin flowing in, Washington’s initiative to regulate marijuana is still holding a solid lead in two recent polls. First, a survey conducted by SurveyUSA and KING 5 NEWS showed 55 percent of voters were planning to vote YES on I-502, which would decriminalize and regulate marijuana use in the state. Only, thirty-six percent said they oppose […] […]

    8. I sure hope I-502 holds strong, but i’d be willing to bet that a few votes, “mysteriously disappear

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