Founder’s Blog: Majority Support

  • by Keith Stroup, NORML Legal Counsel June 3, 2014

    I am sometimes amazed at the ability of some legalization activists – especially the true believers who want to hold out for full legalization until they can pass a law with no limits on the amount of marijuana an adult can grow or possess, and no limits on who can sell marijuana to whom – to listen to each other and to convince themselves what they are hearing is a reflection of public opinion in this country. This ‘tomato model’, as it is sometimes called, has little appeal beyond those of us who smoke.

    Those of us who support marijuana legalization have been thrilled to see the many national polls showing a majority of the country finally support the full legalization of marijuana. According to the Gallup polling organization, 58% of the population now support the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana for adults, regardless of why one smokes. The support for legalization, at only 12% when Gallup first asked this question in 1969, the year before NORML was founded, has slowly gained acceptance – with a modest decline in support between 1977 to 1990, followed by a steady increase that finally broke the 50% mark about three years ago. Several other national polls have since confirmed this result.

    However, only about 14% of the country are marijuana smokers – 86% are not. The continued support of a majority of those non-smokers is crucial if we are to continue to move full legalization forward across the country.

    (Read the full story on Marijuana.com)

    38 Responses to “Founder’s Blog: Majority Support”

    1. David says:

      Or we could just stick with the potato model…

    2. Julian says:

      We need to petition Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services to end prohibition of cannabinoids, or any living proteins, and file patent “507” as “open source.”
      Any suggestions NORML?

    3. Toni D says:

      Majority support is in full swing – hope more people past the 14% start coming out the closet.
      Big hurray for DPA on their newest report about DEA. They got all the points right about getting rid of DEA.

    4. erin says:

      14%??? That has to be only the (very) few that choose to admit. Many smokers/vapers choose to remain in the closet due to the severe penalties. At last personal count, the % was more like 80%!!

    5. ADAM says:

      aS EX MILITARY. I was hit with gout and blood clots at the age of 29. i cant hol d a job for more then a few months without its excrutiating pain. I am sick of having to go out and buy narcotics since doctors are so anal. PLEASE get these votes passed in new york. I want to walk relatively free and work again.

    6. Voice of the Resistance says:

      The tomato model is valid. Yeah premium Canadian tomato’s grown from heirloom canary seeds, hydroponically, using the best bat guano, harvested by naked virgins, and blessed by the Deli Lama himself, then sold by a 18 year old punk for 300 dollars an ounce. ” Wow man Its cronic so you only have to take one hit to get high.” “Get lost punk.”

      This morning at the market tomato’s were 1.49 a lb, broccoli was 1.19 a lb, and sugar was 2.49 for a four pound bag. How long do you think sugar would stay less then one dollar a pound if it became illegal? I bought sugar because i wanted some to put in my coffee not because I’m an addict and the victim of a drug pusher, and I don’t think I need anyone’s permission to put sugar in my coffee!

    7. Dr. Mitch Earleywine says:

      Thanks Keith!

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