Tell Congress: ‘More Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana Than Oppose It’

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 19, 2011

    In the wake of Monday’s watershed Gallup poll showing that for the first time more Americans support the notion of legalizing marijuana than oppose it, I have a new op/ed online at TheHill.com’s Congress Blog.

    As many of you know, this is the website where Washington DC insiders, members of Congress, and their staff go to blog.

    Want to send Washington, DC a message that the American public is fed up with the criminalization of cannabis? Then click the link below to read my entire commentary and the be sure to leave a comment (polite, respectful comments only please) on The Hill website.

    More Americans support legalizing marijuana than oppose it
    via The Hill.com

    [excerpt] Since 2005, public support for legalizing cannabis has grown among every single demographic polled. That’s right, today a greater percentage of Americans of every age, political ideology, and from every region of the country back marijuana law reform than did just six years ago.

    … Gallup pollsters analyzed the data and concluded the obvious, “If this current trend on legalizing marijuana continues, pressure may build to bring the nation’s laws into compliance with the people’s wishes.”

    Of course, public pressure has been building for some time now. Since 1996, 16 states and the District of Columbia have initiated statewide laws to allow for the limited legal use of marijuana when recommended by a physician. Laws are also changing in regards to the broader use of cannabis. In fact, in 2011, four states – Arkansas, California, Connecticut, and Kentucky – enacted new laws significantly lowering the penalties for marijuana use and possession. In California and Connecticut, lawmakers took the dramatic step of making such activities non-criminal offenses.

    Nonetheless, federal officials don’t yet seem to be hearing the public’s message – even when it is made clear to them on the White House’s own ‘We the People’ website. … But the Administration’s failure to heed public opinion is a gross political miscalculation.

    Rather than rebuff the public’s calls for cannabis policy reform, the Administration ought to be embracing it.

    … The bottom line: marijuana law reform should no longer be viewed by federal legislators as a political liability. For those lawmakers willing to advocate for common-sense reforms, this issue represents a unique political opportunity. The public is ready for change; in fact, they are demanding it. Lawmakers can either get with the program, or suffer the consequences.

    After you have done so, please also take a moment to contact your members of Congress and urge them to support HR 2306: The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011. You can do so quickly and conveniently via NORML’s Take Action Center’ here. You can also contact the White House here.

    Get active. Get NORML!

    27 responses to “Tell Congress: ‘More Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana Than Oppose It’”

    1. Fireweed70 says:

      Why should parents and educators and health professionals and employers support legalization?
      1. Becausedoing so makes it possible to establish appropriate and accountable conditions for the distribution of marijuana to adults thus
      a) creating an additional barrier for minors being able to get it
      b)it sends a message to kids that some prvileges and rights are reserved for adulthood. Our society is full of them already.
      c)creating a safe source of a safe alternative to alcohol, thereby possibly decreaing the incidence and duration of alcohol dependence
      d) because in states where marijuana is tolerrated through lower penalties or medically legalized, incidents of traffic accidents and fatalities is actually lower than “dry” states that take a hard line to marijuana use.
      e) because there’s no risk of using marijuana that even approaches the consequences of arrest and court costs even if not convicted.

      I could go on and on as we all could, butt that should be enough argument for anybody.

    2. claygooding says:

      Paul,,,send the video from MSNBC to congress”


      Way more truth from MSNBC than I ever expected to hear.

    3. Nagol says:

      “Lawmakers can either get with the program, or suffer the consequences.”

      YEAH! I love it… keep up the hard work guys.

    4. claygooding says:

      I hope every director of ONDCP,DEA,NIDA and every spin-off bureaucracy in our government that has helped spread lies or blocked legalization efforts has to have a star branded on their foreheads,,so they will never be forgotten,even if they get old and uglier.

    5. R says:

      Next time there’s an initiative CNN better provide better coverage that aligns with this polling.

    6. Brandon says:

      Well said, “[G]et with the program or suffer the consequences.”

    7. Jenn says:

      Please legalize marijuana! It is not a gateway drug. I truly believe I would be a raging alcoholic like the rest of my family if it was not for pot. By jailing these people who are not hurting ANYONE, you are destroying their lives!

    8. TheOracle says:

      Keep running the economy into the ground until cannabis is legalized.

      The only way they’ll legalize is if they have no other choice.

      Cannabis prohibition is a fraud perpetrated on the public, the world by means of international agreements.

      It’s waste, and it’s abuse of the public because it’s war by their respective governments on their own people.

      Get those U.N. fuckers to attend the cannabis conference in November, and make sure they clear the way for legalization.

      If you advocate American Exceptionalism, then the U.N. must conform to clearing the way for the U.S. to legalize cannabis.

      Get the supercommittee to slash all funding for cannabis prohibition, and get them to put wording in the legislation allowing for regulation and taxation of cannabis, at reasonable rates, not dumb-ass astronomical tax stamp bitch rates!

      Free Marc Emery and all the others imprisoned for non-violent cannabis offenses/non-crimes!

      Send camera crews to record America’s finest politicians, judges, prosecutors and ONDCP and DEA employees and get the public to take cell phone footage, and put their most assholish [sic] moments on the web and on the air!


    9. Little Gypsy says:

      Marijuana saved me from staying an alcoholic. Funny thing is I lost most all of my desire to use marijuana also. I have no desire to see it remain a criminal activity. Marijuana is NOT physically addictive. Please stop jailing people for using a benign herb.

    10. This is a battle we cannot lose. We have to be diligent, keep working hard we can’t let the fed’s think they can break our spirit. Write letters to your representatives. Get your friends and family to join you in this battle.

      Congradulations Little gypsy #9 on your recovery from alcoholism. I met people who told me the same thing.I just met a young woman who was hooked on crack. She found out she was pregnant. So she had to act fast. She started to use marijuana to get through withdrawl and she had lost a lot of weight, But the marijuana helped her to be able to eat properly. I’m glad to say the baby was born perfect no signs of crack or marijuana in his system. She had beautiful,healthy baby boy.
      God bless you and yours.