Poll: Marijuana Ballot Measures Likely To Increase Overall Voter Turnout

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director March 25, 2014

    Marijuana-related initiatives are likely to increase voter turnout, according to polling data released by George Washington University.

    Nearly four out of ten participants in the nationwide survey said that they would be “much more likely” to go to the polls if an initiative seeking to legalize marijuana appeared on the ballot. An additional 30 percent of respondents said that they would be “somewhat” more likely to participate in an election that also included a marijuana-specific ballot measure.

    Presently, two statewide cannabis reform measures have qualified to appear on the 2014 ballot. Alaska voters will decide whether to allow for the commercial production, retail sale, and use of cannabis by those over age 21. The measure will appear on the August 19 primary ballot. According to the results of a February Public Policy Polling survey, 55 percent of registered Alaska voters “think (that) marijuana should be legally allowed for recreational use, that stores should be allowed to sell it, and that its sales should be taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol.”

    Florida voters in November will decide on a measure to allow for the use and dispensing of marijuana by those who are authorized by their physician to engage in cannabis therapy. Survey data released in November by Quinnipiac University reported that 82 percent of Florida voters support reforming state law to allow for the medicinal use of marijuana.

    Several proposed ballot measures to regulate the production and sale of marijuana for adults also are pending in Oregon. All of these measures are still in the signature-gathering phase.

    25 responses to “Poll: Marijuana Ballot Measures Likely To Increase Overall Voter Turnout”

    1. Galileo Galilei says:

      A very, very good sign indeed.

    2. How do we get it on the Illinois ballot forNovember vote? Was passed for medical use but, so far not sure when we can get it. Husband has Chrones and a disability from Vietnam. I have Fibormyalgia and not able to take the medications on the market. Can you help?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Illinois medical marijuana act was enacted legislatively, not by a citizens initiative. The law allows for the physician-authorized recommendation of cannabis therapy for various qualifying conditions, including fibromyalgia and Crohns: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/98/PDF/098-0122.pdf%5D

    3. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

      Pa is working on it (HB 1181, medical, and HB 1182, recreational). Would it help and/or is it possible to get it placed on the ballot?

      [Paul Armentano responds: Pennsylvania does not have a citizen’s ballot initiative process. Therefore, any law change must be legislative. NORML and our state affiliates are working with lawmakers in Pennsylvania in support of pending reform bills, which are summarized here: http://norml.org/act.%5D

    4. Robert Fitzpatrick says:

      I want to help in PA.

    5. Erin says:

      The only way I’m voting is if somebody wants to legalize it. Why should I participate if the government doesn’t even respect the will of the people.

    6. connie cloud says:

      It should be legalized in every state, can you imagine the revenue that the united states could make off on it so they could fix the budget for this country

    7. connie cloud says:

      There would be more voters that show up to vote cause its a very popular subject on alot of the publics minds right now

    8. Ray says:

      New York State Department of Health still has nothing on their web site in regards to Gov. Cuomo’s (D) medical marijuana program. His unworkable policy looks like a failed attempt to pass something to shut New Yorker’s up while he runs for re-election this November.

      Rob Astorino (R) who is running against Cuomo has stated he is willing to discuss legalization. We only have into June for the medical and legalization bills to go up for vote in front of the State Senate. After June they recess and won’t discuss this again until 2015.

      We the people want action not inaction. Look at how our government shut down last year, what the hell are our politicians doing?

      Send a letter, email, phone call or anything to put pressure on the state who should put pressure on our President. Reschedule cannabis and get hemp off the dangerous substance list.Otherwise I’ll take my chances with a republican governor.

      You have until June New York, otherwise keep arresting blacks at a far more disproportionate rate than whites. Withold medicine from the sick,and keep our New York money going to the black market while watching Colorado run out of places to stick their cash. All taxed and legal with our presidents approval.

    9. Derek says:


      The smart politicians will be supporting legalization measures, because that’s what the people want. Their votes will flow accordingly.

    10. In Florida we need a 60% super-majority to pass Amendment 2 this November. If you are in Florida and you don’t vote because of some point of principle, you will be very disappointed if we don’t pass this. Every vote counts in this election. There’s no Electoral College in a statewide election.
      Vote Yes on 2.