POLL: Essentially No One Believes Marijuana Users Should Go to Jail

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

    Reason-Rupe has just released new polling data that revealed only a minuscule percentage of Americans believe that marijuana use and possession should result in jail time. When asked which approach they thought the government and law enforcement should take toward someone found smoking marijuana or in possession of a small amount of marijuana, only 6% responded that they should be sent to jail. 35% of respondents said that these individuals shouldn’t be punished at all, 32% responded they should pay a fine, and 20% said they should have to attended substance abuse courses.

    The survey also found that 52% of Americans favor federal legislation that would prevent the federal government from prosecuting people who grow, possess, or sell marijuana in the states that have legalized it. Recently, Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced the “Respect State Marijuana Laws Act” which would do exactly that. You can click here to easily contact your Representative and urge him or her to support this measure.

    Full results of this poll are available here.

    25 Responses to “POLL: Essentially No One Believes Marijuana Users Should Go to Jail”

    1. jimmy says:

      I would like to chime in on Dave’s observations and agree that Obama won’t do it. It’s too much for one person.

      JFK fought against the military industrial complex, began dismantling the CIA for their direct creation of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, and wanted no standing armies but for the basic defense.

      The price he paid was his life. They killed him. The CIA and invisible money interests and the Federal Reserve. Richard Nixon, a marionette to Prescott and son Geo. H W Bush. Howard Hunt was a CIA assassin who admitted ‘I killed JFK,’ ‘I am a CIA assassin,’ from his jail cell, caught as the ring leader of the Watergate break-in scandal. (Film: Dark Legacy)

      Obama doesn’t want to die when the mistake of prohibition will occur on its own time and geography, state by state.

      If the members of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors can pull off inside job 9/11 to start 2 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as false flag events like the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, The Gulf of Tonkin Incident, Yellow cake, and so on. And they got away with the assassination of JFK.

      The Fed is not a part of govt. especially not by any Constitutional measure. The control the money supply and interest rates by either creating (printing) more money or removing it. But this supply of money is actually DEBT borrowed by our govt. from anonymous members of the Fed, American? non-American? who knows?

      The national debt is owed to whom?

      The Fed who got rid of the gold standard to assume the role of money and banking establishment. Mostly a bunch of people who inherited their wealth. The wealth has become so concentrated because the principle of compounding interest also works for people who are handed billions they never worked for, but which gives them leverage so far above the heads of most Americans, such that they influence govt as special interests, and manipulate the media and news businesses for presenting a skewed representation of “life” as it is and how things are, it serves as a distraction from pertinent issues like theft and corruption from public officials and tragic, pointless injustices like cannabis prohibition.

    2. Dave Evans says:

      Dear Danielle, yes Obama could do that. But he will not. There are a couple of reasons. There are a bunch of crazy white people in this is country. If Obama puts his black face on Legalizing Marijuana, he will set it back twenty to thirty years just because crazy white folk can’t handle a black leader. They will fight anything he backs–Fox News (sic) and several Tea Party goons are great examples of what I’m talking about. If he tried to legalize marijuana some states will not legalize for another twenty or thirty years–just because a “uppity” black guy tried to tell them something.

      Also Obama is a Narcissist. Since he wasn’t arrested for smoking pot, he simply doesn’t care. Other folks’ tragedies are unimpressive to him. But at least he is was the candidate with less narcissistic tendencies. The rebubs literally picked a bunch of crazies to campaign against Obama–the only thing I got from them was that “personal responsibly” somehow doesn’t include poisoning the air, land and water. Shoot someone and you’re guilty. Poison their water–its all good. Republican values add up to nothing good.

      And no I’m not going after them for being on the right side (whatever that means), I wish they’d just stop wasting time and money (and their own breath), which exactly what they say their mission is. The War on Drug is a boondangle–you’re not supposed to be supporting this kind of garbage if you’re a Republican and/or a conservative!

    3. john w says:

      Well it wouldn’t make much sense to say cultivators or distributers should go to jail either. Fact is if marijuana where legal you will have people who decide to smoke and people who don’t decide to smoke. You just wont have the people who decide not to smoke trying to dictate those that do. Im a baseball player and not that much of a fan of football….does this mean I get to step on the feild of a bunch of football players and hastle them for playing football??

    4. jimmy says:

      @ Danielle:
      But since he is President, and if Obama legalized pot, by executive order, he could earn that Nobel Peace Prize to top off his term with a thumbs up for justice and change.

      It has seemed legalization could only be done on a state-by-state basis, gradually. But then members of Congress and state legislatures are pushing for their own measures toward ending an unnecessary tragedy that serves the fewest interests. It didn’t seem like it should be the job of one person, it seems too much a burden.

      But look at the changes in the past election. I wouldn’t bet on it but he could still drop the Presidential hammer and just beat everyone else to the punch, making history and finally changing something that need change decades ago. Change.

    5. jimmy says:

      What kind of semi-normal person who is not fully inculcated with propaganda and lies would care if non-violent users of dried flowers are even ticketed, let alone imprisoned, at high tax-payer cost (for a non-crime)?

      The corksuckers who make money off of for-profit prisons and the arseholes who invest in them.

      UnAmerican piles of dung.

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