63% of District of Columbia Voters Support Marijuana Legalization

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

    A 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. tim stephens says:

      Who are these people that oppose regulation? Do these people smoke or drink? Do they speed down streets and hwy’s? I am glad that we are seeing some real change going on in DC and other states. The best line I heard off a talk show ” one day all you old fogies are going to die off and we will be left to make the change.”

    2. Miles says:

      In my opinion, the politicians who work in Congress seem to be jerks and idiots! Oh, I know there are exceptions, but the majority of them should be tossed out on their ears; starting with John Boehner!

    3. Galileo Galilei says:

      Remember how Bob Barr and Congress passed legislation to defy the will of the voters on a ballot initiative on medical marijuana.

      I wonder if they’ll dare pull this anti-democratic, anti-federalism affront again with a future ballot initiative.

      I wonder if they’ll do it and still lecture us about how free we are.

    4. Bhonze says:

      Do A survey in Mississippi; we have an initiative process also…

    5. Bhonze says:

      Do a survey in Mississippi, we have an initiative process. Let’s get the ball rolling!

    6. Roland says:

      If hemp wer legalized could someone design a single cylinder biohemp fuel motor for my basket three wheel bike or a industrial three cylinder biohemp fuel motor for civilian uses

    7. John Malmo says:

      This is brilliant! A pro-legalization poll result in Congress’ back yard!

    8. RUT says:

      GREAT LEADERS WHO CAN NOT ADMIT THEY ARE WRONG AND LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF THEIR PEOPLE AND THE FACTS ARE NOT GREAT LEADERS! They are going to have trouble walking back the non-sense that they have been pedaling all these years.

    9. Dave Evans says:

      Hahahahaha! Now the joke is on them 🙂

    10. Evening Bud says:

      This is great news. It’ll be interesting, should something like this pass, to see what Holder’s reaction would be, this being in his own back yard and all.