Majority of Americans Think Feds Shouldn’t Arrest Marijuana Consumers, Growers, or Sellers in Legalized States

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 1, 2013

    According to a Reason-Rupe Public Opinion survey released this week, not only do a majority of Americans believe the federal government should not arrest consumers of cannabis in states that have elected to regulate it, but that view extends to growers and sellers as well.

    The poll, conducted from January 17th to 21st, revealed that 72% of Americans thought the federal government should not arrest users of marijuana in states that pass laws regulating it. The majority of them also believe this protection should extend to other aspects of the legalized industry. 68% of respondents responded that the federal government should not arrest growers and 64% said they should also not arrest sellers.

    When presented with the question, “Some people argue the government should treat marijuana the same as alcohol. Do you agree or disagree?” 53% replied in the affirmative and only 45% disagreed.

    You can view the full poll results here.

    28 Responses to “Majority of Americans Think Feds Shouldn’t Arrest Marijuana Consumers, Growers, or Sellers in Legalized States”

    1. 8T says:

      If there are 800,000 arrests every year for simple cannabis possession, why can’t all these people get together and do something about it like voting and making their voices be heard. The problem is the shame that society is placing in all of these individuals, the shame of getting their lives destroyed and labeling them as drug addicts. So many decent people hide in the shadows thinking that as long as they do not get caught, it will be fine. There is much more shame in using alcohol or tobacco that most politicians proudly admit. It is time to come out of the shadows and right all of the lies and big money interests that continue to destroy lives and make money in the process.

    2. Sue says:

      I think that the time is now to end the money and other resources being spent at all levels on the effort to curb the use, production and and distribution of marijuana. All of the efforts have only succeeded in making criminals of our citizens, even those who are seeking medical relief. Instead of draining public coffers, legalization will let the money coming from taxation pour in, allowing DANGEROUS drugs more attention.

    3. Freedom says:

      I feel the Feds are a cancer and should keep there hands off other people stuff. No one likes cancer lol. Pot should be treated like a glass of water most of the time and like alcohol at other times. Companies should not be aloud to test you unless you are a server of public transportation. The only thing a drug test is good for is POT. I’m sick of regulations. Let people do what they want. Crack heads could crack it up till they die and no more crack head. Coke heads could coke it up till there dead. Natural selection has worked for billions of years. Why is it we think we can do it any better. Such arrogance. We have laws to face when you park your car on some one while under the influence. Let the folks do what they want and pay the piper or learn some personal responsibility. I often say you can’t raise a kid to be a responsible adult with a tit in his or her mouth.

    4. Harold L Nicol says:

      I would encourage everyone to promote the use of vaporizers. One big anti-marijuana propaganda technique is to say that smoked marijuana will never be accepted by the medical community because of its deleterious effect on the pulmonary system. The vaporizer produces a mist, similar to asthma inhalers, that contain no toxic smoke products, only the cannabinoids.

    5. B. Williams says:

      Today, the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth is not welcome in our federal courtrooms. They know that the juries will not convict if they know the whole truth when they drag grow operators into court from states where that is legal. Instead of nothing but the truth, the federal courts use the 4th and 5th methods of lying to trick juries into convicting such people by keeping the jury from knowing the grower was licensed by his state, regulated by his state, and that he paid taxes to the state and the federal government.
      Even those that support prohibition in their hearts are starting to see the horrible damage the war has done to American Society.
      I believe that is why the numbers are changing so rapidly.

    6. To bad the majority of Americans are not in charge of the country anymore. The real enemies of marijuana are corporations..www.TruthHurtsCorporations.org

    7. Aljamo says:

      Legalizing nationwide would immediatly create a better country to live in. Cannabis use makes one non violent, introspective, healthier and happier. These are the reasons it remains illegal, besides the threats to business profits. The televised and print ads from big pharma are sickening. Who in their right minds would take these pushed drugs of death? The side effects always include the possibility of death, by untested poisons that currently kill 200,000 American’s yearly.

    8. mexweedi says:

      The picture at the top of the article prejudices the issue– a hand sittin’ there holding a cigarette…idleness… stoned… readers know a marijuana joint is meant, meanwhile the Instant Unconscious link between cannabis and idleness or disablement is made without anyone admitting it overtly.

      John Doe Sr., with his quote from James F. Welles, makes a good point:

      “Civil service bureaucracies are notorious centers for such useless workfare programs [which] contribute nothing to the nation’s health or wealth.”

      It turns out there are “private sector” bureaucracies employing millions of “corporate” workfare employees carrying out essential bureaucratic learned-by-rote tasks, from the agricultural workers who plant and reap the tobacco to the lady 10% or 20% of whose work at some big box store consist of handing out the little boxes of $quares and taking the money at the cashier. They are all bureaucrats making sure the hot burning overdose monoxide $igarettes get delivered and “satisfy” i.e. pander to the slave victim/customers’ craving for more watchguard-alertness drug nicotine.

      Under the leadership of a kind of conspiratorial oligarchy that “industry” succeeds in maintaining itself (i.e. its workfare program) by getting another 800,000 kids (USA) hooked on nicotine each year (oh yes they say 400,000 are dying each year) and the mainstay of this addiction-pushing wear is MARIJUANA PROHIBITION– supported by well-intended but ignorant non-smokers who have thought cannabis was to blame for the kind of personality and behavior disorders that resulted from joint smoking and its frequent consequence, addiction to $igarette smoking.

      CDC estimate of $igarette industry contribution to nation’s health or wealth:\
      $96-bil./year health COST for medical help
      $97-bil./year lost productivity COST.

      Cannabis to the rescue?

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