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Hawaii: 57% Want to Tax and Regulate Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director January 14, 2013

    New polling data, released this past week by the ACLU of Hawaii, shows strong support for marijuana law reform on the islands.

    57% of respondents stated that they believed marijuana should be “taxed, regulated, and legalized for adults” – only 39% were opposed. This is up a whopping 20 percentage points in support since they last polled the question in 2005.

    The survey also asked about the state’s medical marijuana program. An astounding 81% of respondents said they support the current law and 78% were in favor of passing regulations to allow dispensaries that would provide safe access to cannabis for Hawaii’s patients.

    As recent polling has shown, support for marijuana law reform is at an all time high in many states across the nation, now including the original home of the “Choom Gang” and President Obama.

    You can view the full survey here.

    22 Responses to “Hawaii: 57% Want to Tax and Regulate Marijuana”

    1. wbs 101 says:

      I wonder if Obama has noticed this yet. I bet it will make him chuckle under his breath. I can’t wait to see what the next election holds for us I think it might be the last election for prohibition. 4 years is just so long though.

    2. Don says:

      They SAY there is nobody in Jail for just “Possession of Marijuana” THEY ARE CORRECT! They Changed the wording, NOW they call it “Drug Abuse”, that way it does not look like they locked up someone for just Possession, they don`t name any drugs now – It Creates too much controversy if they specify.

    3. phrtao says:

      I wonder what legal cannabis in Hawaii will do for American tourism in Amsterdam ?- lets see:

      A nice long flight to beautiful, sunny Hawaii (not even a foreign country) or a nice long flight to rainy, cold Netherlands (where English is not the main language of most people , the quality of weed is poor and it is still not legal). I live just 3 hours traveling distance from Amsterdam in Europe but I think I will be on my way to Hawaii or maybe Aspen for a little skiing very soon. Ive got a feeling that the the 2012 Cannabis Cup may have been the last one to be held in Amsterdam.

      Also Hawaii has the perfect climate for growing cannabis (“Maui Wowi” anyone old enough to remember that ?) – I can’t wait !

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    5. Jack says:

      Maine will be the next state to legalize (placin my bets)

    6. Fred Cash says:

      Urge Obama to take action without legislation to make legislation possible. Yes, I signed one a few months ago to Federally Legalize Marijuana, and this is my reply to their response. Please sign and promote this petition!

      What is unique about this current petition is that it lists specific actions that can be taken by the Executive branch WITHOUT legislation.

      Again, please don’t delay to sign ASAP and promote with URGENCY of the deadline of 2/10/13 to have 25,000 signatures!

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/end-war-drugs-and-work-oas-presidents-open-un-single-convention-treaty-controlled-substances/dlkkBzfx

    7. adam says:

      Interesting to see such a jump since 2005. Something is different about the two polls, probably.

      The catch is that Hawaii is still weirdly conservative in many ways and does not have a citizen’s referendum process. I expect that Hawaii will NOT legalize until after it is legal federally, or at the earliest after California. There is simply no way for voters to push it directly, so it must go through the legislature, which is by its nature a very conservative body (in that it does not wish to come into conflict with the feds, and is made up of elites).

      In other words, good luck with that, it would be a much more fruitful thing for NORML and other pro-legalization organizations to put the bulk of their resources toward states with citizen’s initiative processes like Arizona.

    8. Anonymous says:

      go to http://wh.gov/E09Y and sign this petition to let third party candidates in the presidential debates in 2016.

    9. burny says:

      Obama was just in Hawaii for a vacation.I wonder if consoled the choom gang while he was out there.Also remember that election commercial where he called kumar?I think he has been working on legalization but not trying to show it as much.Remember the man who got it made illegal in the first place used dirty underhanded means to do so.It is going to take some of the same to get it undone as well.

    10. somedood says:

      Ahhh so 57% of the 1% want cannabis! Weeeee!!! Who else can afford to live in Hawaii……….

    11. TheOracle says:

      Hawaii is very expensive, compared to the mainland. Never been there. There have to be cheaper options for the everyman. Ship a good bit of that good tropical weed to the mainland. Make some money. It’s prized worldwide in cannabis communities.

      If you don’t dig weed, do you dig making money? People need the money, the jobs, the revenues.

    12. Fed-Up says:

      Hawaii has some of the most bad ass, ‘micro-climates for the best sativas’
      on the Planet. No need for indoor lighting like Alaska or Canada.Let nature run its course,in the perfect angle of 20 or so degrees latitude from the Equator…

    13. Don M says:

      There are a lot of politicians out there that just don’t care one bit what the people of this country want. They only care about their personal bottom line and it is totally disgusting! I have so little respect for our Federal Govt at this point in time I tend to think that having a King would be a better way to govern this country. Primarily, I blame the Republicans – but I know they are not the only ones at fault; just the most obvious.

    14. mexweed says:

      Re @Fred Cash, on executive action by Obama– you’re right, I suggest you and everyone submit to the White House texts or outlines for a Second Emancipation Proclamation (inspired by and modeled on the sesquicentennial of the first one this year)– unambiguolusly legalizing cannabis and also handmade ONE-HITTERS and vaporizers to replace HBOM hot burning overdose monoxide rolling papers.

      Yes, Its primary purpose would be to exterminate $iggerette $lavery (cigarettes are described in “Golden Holocaust” by Robert N. Proctor as the most harmful product in human history).

      Cannabis liberation will contribute by enabling smart cannabis users to vaporize, after which they will soon be imitated by nicotine users bringing about the greatest public health victory ever. (And Alan and other NORML functionaries will share a $1.5-million Nobel Prize.)

    15. Robert says:

      I was treated for meniers disease 5 years ago. Since then I was given Morphine pills, Vic’s, high powered Percs, etc. etc. Meanwhile, numerous sleeping pills to sleep. On a given day 4 synthetic prescribed drugs. This doesn’t mention how many neurologist visits, 4 different e.n.t. Specialist, and 2 surgeons. Not to mention loss of work. Yet a God given cure that’s all natural will send me to jail, prison, loss of job, etc. Now I detoxed my self after 4 1/2 years on all these medications. Not to mention I gained 50lbs in 1 year. Now I have lost hearing in both ears, the tinnitus is horrendous, the vertigo is simply amazing I guess that’s what the Colazapins are for 2 times a day so I can function on the other stuff. Yet they spent billions on something God gave us for medical reasons and simple pleasures. Something to slow the process of losing all my hearing, hear its illegal yet the docs want me on synthetic and a lot more harmful and proven fatal dugs. How sad and thanks!

    16. JAH says:

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-marijuana-federal-level/St1MJKM5

      Sign the White House “We The People” petition to legalize marijuana at the federal level. cut the black market in half. take $$ away from the drug cartels. stop making non-violent Americans criminals. legalize and regulate like alcohol and tobacco. create a brand new industry for our crippled economy. the majority of Americans, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and the American Medical Association agree – PROHIBITION DOES NOT WORK!

      https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/legalize-marijuana-federal-level/St1MJKM5

      It takes only two minutes!

    17. Todd J says:

      I live in Hawaii and have a medical card. I can grow my own, but it sure would be nice to be able to get my meds from a local dispensary. Hopefully they will just legalize it and be done with it.

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