Colorado Gov. Says Legalization Was "Reckless"
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
The whole entire point of democracy is that the people get to vote on ideas that some have proposed… Right? Politicians are supposed to be the voice of the people, not the voice of their own opinions. And while these days, all politicians just seem to be doing whatever they feel like doing, leaving us normal people in the dust, wondering how did these people get in to office?! We unfortunately elected them. The people who keep cannabis illegal? A lot of them are paid handsomely to back laws keeping the plant thriving on the black market. The worst is when a good law passes, say one that benefits the society as a whole, and politicians have to try to dampen the positivity.
The Governor of Colorado is one of those Debbie Downer politicians that seems to be trying to back peddle on the cannabis legalization initiative that Colorado passed. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat that is seeking re-election for a second term, was asked in a debate what he would tell other states that are considering cannabis legalization. His response was, “I would view it as reckless before we see what the consequences are. I think for us to do that without having all the data, there is not enough data, and to a certain extent you could say it was reckless. I’m not saying it was reckless because I’ll get quoted everywhere but if it were up to me, I wouldn’t have done it, right? I opposed it from the very beginning. In matter of fact, all right what the hell, I’ll say it was reckless.”
Colorado’s latest estimate on tax revenue (released last month) suggests that the state will receive $50 million a year just in taxes on the cannabis sales. With that money, the roads would be perfect, kids would get free school lunches, buildings could be renovated, and the entire state would be better off. But still, Hickenlooper thinks that other states should wait. He stands by his idea that the legalization was reckless, even though the state hasn’t seen any negative feedback from the legalization of the plant. Tobacco use has fallen, there haven’t been any more traffic accidents, and the state has had a huge influx of tourism as it becomes the United States’ own version of Amsterdam.
Politicians need to watch what they say about the cannabis industry, especially if they’re attempting to run for office again. With the majority of Americans backing the legalization movement, saying that the decision of the voters was “reckless” isn’t the best way (IMO) to get re-elected. Colorado has a huge opportunity to be a leader in the marijuana movement, both with the model of business and the way that the cannabis indulgers act!
Another Poll Shows Marijuana Legalization Winning In Oregon
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
Oregonians are getting their ballots in the mail right now, and many are no doubt voting ‘yes’ on Measure 91. I have yet to see a poll showing marijuana legalization losing. Sure, there are polls that show less than 50% support, but the ‘no’ side of those polls is in the 30-low 40% range. So hypothetically, if all of the ‘undecided voters’ voted no, it could swing the election in favor of marijuana prohibition. I’m hopeful that won’t happen, and I hope people keep urging their friends and family members to vote ‘yes’ on Measure 91.
Another poll was released yesterday that showed Measure 91 winning by a heft margin. Per Survey USA:
Briefly overshadowed in some quarters by the week’s events, is Oregon Ballot Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and older. Today, “Yes” on 91 leads “No” 48% to 37%. Compared to an identical 09/25/14 SurveyUSA poll, Yes is up 4 points, No is down 3 points. Yes had led by 4, now leads by 11. Greater Portland supports 91 by 15 points. The “rest of Oregon” supports 91 by just 2 points. Caution: support for this measure is young. Opposition is old. Older voters are more reliable than younger voters in a mid-term election. Any outcome remains possible, though “Yes” has the upper hand at this hour.
Cell-phone respondents and home-phone respondents included in this research: SurveyUSA interviewed 700 state of Oregon adults 10/16/14 through 10/19/14. Of the adults, 623 were registered to vote. Of the registered voters, 561 were determined by SurveyUSA to be return a ballot before the 11/04/14 deadline. This research was conducted using blended sample, mixed mode. Respondents reachable on a home telephone (72% of likely voters) were interviewed on their home telephone in the recorded voice of a professional announcer. Respondents not reachable on a home telephone (28% of likely voters) were shown a questionnaire on their smartphone, tablet or other electronic device. Interviewing for this survey was conducted during fast-moving news events. It is possible voters have not had time to digest some of the news as yet. In that case, these numbers may change again between now and Election Day.
I personally don’t want to see anyone else arrested for marijuana in Oregon. I also don’t want to have to live in fear of having my son taken away from me because of marijuana prohibition. I would also love to see the look on my old college classmate’s faces when marijuana is legalized (public policy major in college), something that they said would never be done in Oregon. If you haven’t already, make sure to visit DidTheyVote.Org to see if your friends and/or family members have voted yet, and if they haven’t, give them a gentle reminder. As the survey stated, we need as many people to vote as possible, especially young people, which are by far our largest demographic to this website. Chances are, if you are reading this, you are between the ages of 18-34, so make sure to vote, and tell every other Oregonian you know to do the same!
Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization In New Hampshire Keeps Growing
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
A new poll is out in New Hampshire which found growing support for marijuana legalization. New Hampshire is one of the leading states on my radar to legalize marijuana via the legislature between now and 2016. The poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. Below are some of the findings:
Although New Hampshire has legalized marijuana for medical purposes, earlier this year the New Hampshire legislature defeated an effort to legalize marijuana for recreational use. There is growing support for legalizing recreational marijuana in New Hampshire — 59% now support legalizing marijuana for recreational use (34% strongly and 25% somewhat), 35% oppose (25% strongly and 10% somewhat), 5% are neutral and 2% are unsure. Support for legalization has increased 8 percentage points in the past year.
Support for recreational marijuana legalization is strongest among those who never attend church (71% support), Independents (71%) and Democrats (70%). Opposition is strongest among regular churchgoers (58% oppose), older residents (52%), and Republicans (50%).
If marijuana were legalized in the Granite State, three-quarters of New Hampshire residents (72%) approve of selling it at licensed retail outlets and taxing it, similar to how alcohol is sold (48% strongly and 24% somewhat), only 24% disapprove of this idea (19% strongly and 5% somewhat), 2% are neutral and 1% are unsure. Support for this taxing and selling marijuana like alcohol has steadily increased since 2013.
Young people (86%), liberals (82%), Democrats (80%) are most likely to approve of this concept while regular churchgoers (44% oppose), older adults (38%), and Tea Party supporters (35%) are most likely to disapprove.
When asked what they would prefer the state legislature to do with marijuana laws, 52% want marijuana legalized and taxed like alcohol, 19% want it decriminalized, 27% want to keep marijuana laws as they are now and 2% don’t know or are unsure. This has measure is unchanged since it was last asked in April.
Majorities of Democrats (56%) and Independents (66%) prefer legalizing and taxing marijuana, while Republicans are more divided on the issue as 39% prefer legalization and 40% prefer keeping laws the way they are now.
That’s a very extensive poll. If 59% of residents of a state support something, politicians should be all over it, marijuana or otherwise. Will New Hampshire legalize marijuana between now and 2016? Only time will tell, but I think the state has a great chance of joining Colorado and Washington, and hopefully Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. too if the 2014 Election works out.
Delaware poll: Legalize marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
Want legal weed in Delaware?
You're easily in the majority, according to a new University of Delaware poll that finds 56 percent of Delawareans support legalization of marijuana use.
The university polled 902 Delaware adults between Sept. 10 and 22, finding just 39 percent opposed to legalization. Delawareans older than 60 and self-identified conservatives were the only groups to express deep opposition, while young adults and liberals drove the support.
Support for legalization crossed racial and geographic boundaries, with poll respondents in all three counties saying they back legal marijuana.
"I would say the numbers suggest solid support for fully legalizing marijuana in Delaware," said Paul Brewer, the political communications professor at the University of Delaware who supervised the poll. "The results also reflect what's going on in public opinion at the national level, where the trends show a growing majority favoring legalization."
Only Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana, regulating and taxing sales. Sixteen other states and the District of Columbia have replaced criminal penalties with fines for those found in possession of small amounts of marijuana, a step known as decriminalization.
Voters in several other states will consider ballot measures next month to loosen marijuana laws.
Of course, public support does not always accurately predict political support. Gov. Jack Markell remains opposed to full legalization of the drug, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
"Since last year, the governor and his office have been talking with legislators and others about decriminalizing the possession of a small amount of marijuana and replacing criminal penalties with civil fines," said Kelly Bachman, Markell's spokeswoman.
"While the governor would not support full legalization at this time without further studies and evidence of its consequences, he expects to have more conversations about reducing the criminal penalties on small amounts of marijuana in the months to come."
Read more: http://www.delawareonline.com
Oregon Marijuana Legalization Winning In Latest Poll, Young Voter Turnout Is Vital
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
A new poll was released in Oregon which shows the marijuana legalization initiative, Measure 91, winning by a significant margin. Support is highest among young voters and independents. Per Oregon Public Broadcasting:
Fifty-two percent of likely voters said they’d vote for the idea. Forty-one percent said they’d vote against it.
Debra Klaviter lives in The Dalles and has run a Farmers Insurance Agency for 25 years. She says she’ll be voting for the marijuana legalization measure because she says it should be an option for people in pain.
“I’ve seen people that have started to take care of their own health care, their own pain management, and how the system works for them. Oh my gracious, there’s no question that it should be legalized,” Klaviter said.
Some who oppose the measure say it would allow people to possess too much pot at one time, and in forms that might appeal to children.
The poll has a margin of error of 4.3 percent. About seven percent of respondents haven’t decided how they’ll vote on Measure 91. That means the measure’s passage is still up for grabs.
Pollster John Horvick of Portland-based DHM research says turn-out will be key.
“For example, 18 to 34 year-olds, 70 percent plan to vote for Measure 91 for legalization. Sixty-eight percent of independents plan to. Now those are all groups who are the least likely to show-up come election day. So if the marijuana campaign is able to get those voters out, it looks like it could pass, it’ll be close, a squeaker.”
I look at this blog’s traffic stats and demographics everyday. I know that we have received well over 600,000 visitors to this blog from Oregon, and that about 75% of those visitors were between 18-34 years old. I don’t know the political party affiliations of those visitors, but I’d imagine a great percentage of them are independents. So for the love of marijuana reform, VOTE! Tell everyone else that you know to VOTE. We will only legalize marijuana in my home state if you guys get off your butts, and turn in your ballots. Oregon is a vote by mail state, so it’s not even that hard. Watch for your ballot, fill it out, and turn it in. Marijuana reform is relying on you!
Will Arizona Legalize Marijuana In 2016?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
Arizona is on my list of states that have a great chance of legalizing marijuana in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project recently announced that they are ramping up efforts there. If Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. can approved marijuana legalization next month during the 2014 Election, it would increase the chances for other states to follow suit in 2016 such as Arizona. At least one Arizona lawmaker wants to introduce a marijuana legalization bill next session. Per The Joint Blog:
Arizona State Representative Ethan Orr, a Republican, has announced that he will file a proposal to legalize cannabis early next year. Although no specific details were given on what exactly the bill will do, Orr says it will be modeled after cannabis legalization initiatives which were approved in Colorado and Washington State in 2012.
Last month, Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) of Arizona officially launched its campaign to legalize cannabis in the state, with the group planning to put an initiative on the 2016 presidential election ballot. Orr’s goal is to have his proposal approved into law before MPP’s initiative is put to a vote.
According to polling released last year by the Behavior Research Center, 56% of those in Arizona support the legalization of cannabis.
Whenever a politician says they want to do something before the citizens initiative process does, it makes me skeptical. For all we know Mr. Orr wants to legalized marijuana, but only CBD. Recreational CBD of course would not help nearly as many people as true legalization. Fortunately, if Mr. Orr’s plan sucks, the citizens can always be working in the background with the help of the Marijuana Policy Project to put something on the ballot that is better if need be.
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