More Americans Than Ever Support Legalizing Marijuana

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Happy Tuesday. More Americans than ever are in favor of legalizing pot, according to a new Gallup poll that shows the highest percentage of those in favor ever, since the first Gallup poll asking about marijuana in 1969, when only 12 percent of respondents thought it should be legalized. Today, 50 percent say YES to legalized pot. This is also the first time people in favor of legalization were in greater numbers than those opposed, reports MSNBC. (Last year 46 percent weighed in favor of legalizing the drug.)

Historically, you need only look at the way movies have portrayed pot -- look at the plot of Reefer Madness, in which more dramatic and terrible things happen than in an episode of Revenge, and compare that, say, to the plot of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Even Park Slope moms are smoking weed, "for relaxation" and whatnot. (They've been doing it for years!)

Yes, we are no longer terrified of pot. That much seems true, particularly if you live on the West Coast (support there is at 55 percent), are liberal (69 percent), are young (62 percent), or are a man (55 percent).

Another Gallup poll, from last year, showed that a full 70 percent of Americans believed pot should be legal for medical use, to reduce pain and suffering. It's legal with doctor's recommendations in 16 states, though still illegal under federal law.

Occupy that.

Support for legalizing pot hits all-time high [MSNBC]

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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MeMet
MeMet

With any luck ,, medical authorities will in the future accept and see the great power of medical aspects of the herb--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Semi di Cannabis

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for theuser as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects,and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds onreforming pot laws.  I drew up a verycool poster featuring Uncle Willie Nelson and The Teapot Party for the causewhich you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...  Drop in and let me know what you think!

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

 Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/... 

Vincent Von Dudler
Vincent Von Dudler

This two part plan is the only action the citizens of the US need to take to end federal marijuana prohibition1) EVERYONE that sees these links sign up at both sites and weigh in on the debate- pvox.co/CdiFqY- wh.gov/gDQ2) Propagate those two links and ensure that everyone that sees them go to both those sites.

Too many people are blaming the President for enforcing the federal marijuana prohibition. Contact Congress (the LEGISLATIVE branch [that's the important one when it comes to law]) via the first link. Contact Obama (the EXECUTIVE branch [until Obama vetos a passed H.R. 2306 it's on Congress - but tell Obama anyway]) via the second link. It really is THAT easy. Participate in democracy!

Al Swearengen
Al Swearengen

We'll legalize it as soon as every hippie-punching asshole baby boomer rightwinger finally dies of old age.  They just can't stop fighting the battles of the 60s.

malcolmkyle
malcolmkyle

The illegal drug trade is now estimated to be somewhere in the region of $400 billion a year ( equal to the defense budget ). This "former land of the free" arrests 1.5 million of it's citizens a year for drug law violations, half for marijuana alone, The majority of the 2.2 million inmates in the USA are incarcerated because of this insane drug war (Prohibition 2) at a staggering cost to all taxpayers and trauma to their families.

Prisons have been filled to capacity. Violent criminals, murderers, rapists and child molesters are released early to create space for these so called drug offenders. Half of court trial time and also a huge chunk of police officers time is pointlessly wasted. Enormous untaxed profits from illegal drugs fund multi-national criminal empires which bribe law enforcement authorities and spread corruption faster than a raging bush fire. These laws take violent criminals and turn them into multi-billionaires whilst corrupting even entire countries such as Columbia, Panama, Mexico and Afghanistan. The extreme violence on and south of the border is drug gangs fighting for turf in this lucrative business. The drug laws are also funding the Taliban whose illegal opium profits allow it to buy weapons and pay it's fighters more than $300 a month, compared with the $14 paid to an Afghan policemen. 

When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in the US in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

The definition of insanity is great folly, madness, extreme senselessness, lunacy. Prohibition can be described as being all of the above and may therefor, along with all it's supporters, be deemed insane.

Each day you remain silent, you help to destroy the Constitution, fill the prisons with our children, and empower terrorists and criminals worldwide while wasting hundreds of billions of your own tax dollars. Prohibition bears many strong and startling similarities to Torquemada­’s inquisition­, it’s supporters are servants of tyranny and hate who’s sole purpose is to make the rest of us suffer their putrid legacy of incalculable waste and destruction.

Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

Usmjp Vermont
Usmjp Vermont

Please! Hurry & click & sign petition http://wh.gov/gP1 to END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION at White House now!deadline Oct. 22 Petition to "Demand an Amendment tothe U.S. Constitution to End Marijuana, Marihuana, Cannabis and Hemp Prohibition."

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