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Poll: Support For Marijuana Legalization In New Hampshire Keeps Growing

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 21st 2014 by THCFinder
support-for-mmj-new-hampshireA 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.
 

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Delaware poll: Legalize marijuana

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
delawares-poll-to-legalize-mjWant 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."
 

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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Winning In Latest Poll, Young Voter Turnout Is Vital

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, October, 16th 2014 by THCFinder
oregon-mj-legalization-winningA 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!
 

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Will Arizona Legalize Marijuana In 2016?

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, October, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
az-legalize-mj-in-2016Arizona 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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Recent Poll Shows Alaska Marijuana Legalization Winning By Large Margin

Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, October, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
alaska-marijuana-legalization-winningAlaska voters will be voting on marijuana legalization next month, along with Oregon and Washington D.C.. While case law makes marijuana legal in Alaska already, it’s far from the legalization model that is in place in Washington and Colorado where consumers can go into a store and buy marijuana for recreational purposes. Most polls that I have seen out of Alaska have shown the initiative barely winning, or even losing. However, those polls were flawed for several reasons. The most recent poll shows the initiative winning, and by a large margin. Per AmandaCoyne.Com:
 
According to a question on a poll conducted by local pollster Ivan Moore, Ballot Measure 2, which would tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol, is winning in the state by about 18 percentage points, 57.2 percent to 38.7 percent. The question about the measure was paid for by the group working to legalize pot in Alaska, and was asked as part of a larger poll that Moore was conducting. The sample size was 568 likely voters, and was conducted Sept. 26-30. The margin of error is 4.1 percent. (I’m waiting for the complete demographics.)
 
Taylor Bickford, who’s running the legalization campaign, said that the numbers seem a little optimistic to him. Older internal polls showed the campaign winning, but by a slimmer margin, he said. However, the poll is significant in that it’s the first public poll that asks the question exactly as it will appear on the ballot. A highly touted August PPP poll which showed the measure losing messed up the wording in the question. Further, the PPP poll didn’t call cell phones, which are a key demographic in this race.
 
This is great news for marijuana reform in Alaska and for the nation. Every state that legalizes marijuana builds momentum for other states to legalize, and eventually, for the entire country to legalize at the federal level. I’m very hopeful that we will see Oregon, Washington D.C., and Alaska all pass marijuana legalization next month. If you are able to do so, I urge you to donate to the Alaska campaign as they try to make their final push to get their message out to voters.
 

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Legalize Or To Not Legalize

Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, October, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
legalize-weedWhen one begins to ponder the thought of cannabis legalization, it seems like a really good idea. Right? No more going to jail for possessing a plant, people will be able to make hemp products, and sick people will feel better with the help of a natural medicine. The economy will benefit, new jobs would be created, and the states would make bank from the tax revenue. But as more states pass initiatives in order to legalize, it seems like there are more laws put in place to prevent us from enjoying the cannabis plant. So is legalization something that we can expect to see in our lifetime?
 
It is highly likely that we will see the legalization of cannabis in the near future, in the majority if not all of the states. Legalization meaning that the plant will, by law, be allowed. But if the laws say we can have it and city ordinances say that we can't, is that really legalization? Many stoners fret over the fact that some states are putting bans on edibles, while others are banning the cannabis concentrates. The legal state of Washington is trying to make it illegal to have cannabis in the car, trying to mimics the open-container laws regarding alcohol, even though the two substances don't even exist in the same form. But with the way that things are going, the legalization of the plant does, in fact, seem likely. Will we benefit from it? That's kind of hard to say at the moment, seeing as how these bans are just now beginning to pass and make an impact.
 
Another worry of the modern day stoners; sub standard strains. With the allowance of marijuana, the mom-and-pop operations are flourishing. However, we all know what happened the last time mom-and-pop stores were doing well. This multi-billion dollar company named Wal-Mart showed up and put them all out of business. Imagine a Weed Wal-Mart, where eventually, it would be the only place that would carry cannabis and related products, at cheap prices but with a small percentage of THC, as compared to the high content of the buds that are grown today. The weed would not be as lovely and the smaller scale stores would surely go out of business, taken over by a corporation that will ruin the locality of the cannabis community.
 
Substandard bud would mean a hit for both medical and recreational users. Medical users wouldn't be able to get the high doses of THC that they might need, say for cancer. Recreational users wouldn't be able to flex on Instagram as much... Or get as stoned as they usually do. Of course, we may never even see that happen if the lawmakers keep giving us a little and taking back a lot. It's hard to tell where cannabis legalization will go from here. But just keep things like this in mind while we fight for at least some generalized acceptance of the cannabis plant.

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