GOP Voters In Early Primary States Oppose Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director August 25, 2015

    GOP Voters In Early Primary States Oppose Federal Interference In State Marijuana LawsRepublican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire do not believe that the incoming administration ought to interfere with the enactment of state laws legalizing marijuana, according to polling data conducted by Public Policy Polling and published today by Marijuana-Majority.com.

    Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters in New Hampshire agree that “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” Sixty-four percent of Iowa GOP voters agreed with the statement.

    This voter sentiment is contrary to the public positions of at least two Republican Presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio — both of whom have espoused using the power of the federal government to roll back changes in state marijuana laws.

    Overall, a super-majority of all voters in Iowa (71 percent) and New Hampshire (73 percent) oppose federal interference in state laws permitting marijuana use.

    Previous polls surveying a national sampling of voters have reported similar results. Gallup pollsters reported that 64 percent of respondents oppose federal interference in state laws that allow for the legal use of the cannabis by adults, while a Third Way commissioned poll found that six out of ten voters believe that states, not the federal government, should authorize and enforce marijuana policy. Most recently, a 2015 Pew poll reported that a strong majority Americans — including 64 percent of Independents, 58 percent of Democrats, and 54 percent of Republicans — believe that the federal government should not enforce laws in states that allow marijuana use.

    23 responses to “GOP Voters In Early Primary States Oppose Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws”

    1. Gary with MS says:

      Does that include medical marijuana?

    2. Galileo Galilei says:

      I’m am thoroughly enjoying watching the GOP with its states right mantra, and its anti-marijuana FOX news mouthpiece still pushing stuff reminiscent of reefer-madness both suddenly confronted by supporters who embrace rule from the bottom up.

    3. Dave Evans says:

      Of course Republican voters want State’s Rights to be Recognized. However, Rebublican (sic) “leadership” does give two shit about their voters or what they want, they just listen to what the 1% say, and most of them are Narcissists who are also Obsessives. Chris Chrispy hangs with ball teams owners that think “he is a good luck charm”. Fucking Crack Heads, just minus the Crack, but not missing any of the crazy.

    4. Anonymous says:

      FYI everyone: The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the nation’s medical research agency) now explicitly admits that “Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory” at http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/cam/patient/cannabis-pdq/#section/_1 But they say “at this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.” What constitutes “enough evidence?” There’s more than enough evidence! Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 NOW because it clearly has “known medical use” and the FDA should approve it NOW for use as a cancer treatment. Organically cultivated marijuana should be fully and liberally legalized because consuming it (recreationally or medically) probably prevents cancer and many other diseases/ailments too.

    5. Julian says:

      We should call our Congressman on the take action link for the CARERS Act and be like “Well if Chuck Grassley or Dianne Feinstein need more evidence, ask them if they ever felt good after exercise or felt relaxed after an orgasm and that pretty much covers Sativa and Indica… ”
      Hey, maybe the problem is they don’t know what happiness is so they can’t even recognize the evidence inside their own LIVING endocannabinoid system?! HELLO!? Will some one just GET CONGRESS HIGH?

    6. Dave Evans says:

      Just because someone has a degree or a doctorate does not prevent them from being Obsessive Compulsive. This is perfectly symptomatic: But they say “at this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.”

      In the disordered mind, there will never be “enough evidence” because all Class B Personality Disorders are F(alse)E(vidence)A(ppearing)R(eal) based. Every social interaction is contaminated with fear and pretending you can order things by pushing other people into order is the result of this mental disorder. What is worse is Class B disorders are very often comorbid, meaning the same person that is Obsessive Compulsive is also a Narcissist or a Histrionic/Borderline sufferer. Look at The Donald and JEB!, these guys aren’t right in the head and it would take them several years of smoking weed plus therapy to even come back down to Earth from whatever dimension they currently inhabit. There is also interactions between disordered people, they form what are called dysfunctional relationships in which they are co-dependent–that way they can cause other people more problems by working together on making their disorders worse or re-enforcing them. Rather like how the Democrats and Republicans have been using the US as a punching bag. Everything they arrest someone for weed, they make money, those two groups, Democrats and Republicans keep giving each other more power while reducing everyone else’s access to authority. Please keep in mind, Republicans and Democrats are not supposed to even be in the government, it is for Americans, not these assholes.

    7. Dave Evans says:

      They are special interest groups and should have no special recognition to the US Government.

    8. Mark I. says:

      I comes down to whether you want to continue to send unregistered funds elsewhere, or are you going to build an economic structure to support legitimate cannabis endeavors.

    9. $10 Lid says:

      Admittedly, I am pigeon-holing myself by stating that I am a one-issue candidate in the coming election cycle. I will only support candidates who exhibit the statesman-like qualities to recognize and address the egregious injustices perpetrated upon the American people by prohibition. I’m asking that you do the same and call upon all you know to do the same. Call out your local, state, and federal politicians and put them on notice that we are no longer going to allow them to hide behind our silence. They must come to terms with We, The People or they can begin the search for new employment. The most powerful tool we possess is our voice and the willingness to use it.

    10. Evening Bud says:

      @ Dave Evans,

      Your post made me laugh, and not in a bad way. The part about Trump and Jeb!, lol.

      But I do agree with your basic premise about the Dems and GOPers. I will be supporting Bernie Sanders in this election, believe, unlike The Donald, that he’s a true populist.

      I’d read about a week or two ago that Sanders was gonna come out with a statement about MJ. Has anybody heard anything from him on that?

      I think I saw something that alluded to his supporting legalization, but am not really sure.

      @ $10 lid–like your moniker btw–I do occasionally call my Rep’s office and my two Dem Sen’s offices and encourage legalization. I tried with the GOPer Sen’s office, but was answered with a curt, “I’ll pass your message along” by some office person.

      So many of the politicos, from both parties, are cowards on the issue–I believe they’ll eventually begin supporting when the popularity for legalization is too big too ignore. The GOPers of course are worse, terrified of being vilified by the “fair and balanced” people at Fox “News.”