63% of District of Columbia Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director April 17, 2013

    Screen Shot 2012-05-26 at 3.19.07 PMA poll released today by Public Policy Polling, funded by Marijuana Policy Project and Drug Policy Alliance, revealed that 63% of District of Columbia voters support taxing and regulating marijuana, similar to the initiatives just passed in Colorado and Washington. Only 30% of respondents were opposed.

    The survey also found that 75% of respondents supported changing the penalty for marijuana possession to a civil violation, punishable by a $100 fine and only 21% were opposed to this change.

    Considering this overwhelming support, and the fact that the District of Columbia allows for ballot initiatives, Washington, DC seems incredibly ripe for reform in the very near future. While the politicians who work in Congress seem to be tone-deaf to the growing call for legalizing marijuana, those living right in their backyard have overwhelmingly made up their minds that it is time to legalize and regulate marijuana.

    You can read the full results of the poll here.

    29 Responses to “63% of District of Columbia Voters Support Marijuana Legalization”

    1. nubwaxer says:

      it has come to my attention that the nice white middle classcitizens of colorado and washington state conveniently opted out of the movement to end the war on drugs that is destroying the poor in the cities. now for their privilege they gave themselves the war on drugs is out of sight,out of mind.

    2. Anonymous says:

      Smoke’em out

    3. dmkt6256 says:

      The legalization of pot would drastically change the balance of power in our country. Hemp/cannabis can be made into fuel quickly and easily and would put making our own fuel into the hands of towns and cities. The reliance on oil could be replaced with enough time. You may think that fuel from hemp can not possibly be as readily available as your corner gas station, but the reality is that we have BEEN TOLD lies. We should find a way to use this point to kick home the end of prohibition. Imagine a city that produces it own fuel and gives it away for free. We could give our odds and ends to a fuel conversion center. If everyone did this we could even fund the conversion of our reliance on oil in even the power grid plants.

    4. confused says:

      ACTIVISM Start writing reps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5. Mark I says:

      You mean the legalization of cannabis would remove my life sentence for planting the seeds?

    6. me says:

      Have faith Innocent toker. The momentum has shifted. Legalization is no longer a fringe issue. America decried gay marriage at first, but the issue is more mainstream now and one by one states are falling in line. Of course the economic and political interests surrounding MJ are much greater. But, as the late great George Harrison once sang, ALL THINGS MUST PASS. And I for one will be voting next year with my feet as I make my way to Colorado to ski and smoke in January and bid good riddance to New York forever the year after that!

    7. InnocentToker says:


      Of course regulating and taxing would be a financial gain but the flipside is the loss of jobs and income derived from prohibition. The machine currently in place is hugely profitable and the number of people employeed is staggering. Just look at civil forfeiture, the government can take your property, including your home, your car, your cash, regardless of whether or not you are convicted of a crime. It’s led to horrible abuses. All that money and control would screech to a halt the minute Obama and Holder condone reform. They have a vested interest in keeping the Federal status quo no matter what public opinion might be.

    8. samwise says:

      Isn’t regulating and taxing a good thing for the government? Couldn’t the collected taxes from legalized cannabis put a dent in the deficit? Just sayin…

    9. InnocentToker says:

      Wow, so polling voters now actually has an effect on policy. It seems our opinion might make a difference but not by much. I think most of the support for change in DC is simply because they want to keep their benefits of office. Regardless of why they are starting to change attitudes toward cannabis reform, I will take any support offered but I still have no faith in our elected officials to ever do anything that does not benefit them more than it does us.

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