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Legalizing Marijuana More Popular Than Obama, Health Reform, and the War on Terror

From the California Independent Voter Network:

You read that right. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults has more widespread support than President Obama's administration. Pot legalization is also more popular than the recent health care bill that passed in Congress and has higher approval ratings than our handling of the Global War on Terror...

On page four of AP/CNBC's poll report, respondents were asked if they thought the U.S. should treat marijuana and alcohol similarly. 44% thought that marijuana shouldn't be treated any differently than alcohol, while another 12%  even wanted less strict rules for marijuana than for alcohol- making a whopping 56% in favor of pot legalization.

Read how marijuana legalization ranks against Obama's approval ratings, our handling of the War on Terror, and the number of Americans who support the new health care law here.



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Really?

Cause my doctor friends and I have thriving practices. I must be smoking something else.

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

I've always been in favor of legalization, but...

...potheads are utterly useless as employees. They are slow in communicating and can't remember shit. You have to pay them by the completed and inspected job, because if you pay them hourly, they would slow down until you go out of business.

The great majority of blue collar workers smoke pot, so it stands to reason that the blue collar work force is slow and difficult to train.

I'm spending all my margin on automated machinery and outsourcing so they can all go back to bed.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Blue collar worker

HMMMMM, seems the blue colar worker has been deemed a pothead. Im here to say Im neither slow nor hard to train. I work hard at what I do, and when I smoke a big fat one, I work hard on that also....mabye we all need to mellow out some and smoke a big hooter and hope for legalization before long. time for a big mac now...

I see this too

and the mood swings completely disrupt productivity,But in their own mind it seems as if everything is "Cool"take video of them and show it back to them,I have found this to work sometimes.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

I'm dying to see

the day for true legalized pot...omg

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Is it just me or is it ironic

Is it just me or is it ironic that we still call it a "war on terror"? at this point, I figure the rest of the world media is thinking we're crazy. They can see its a "War of Terror" I mean who's doing the killing and fear mongering here?

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."- JFK

Healthcare reform is just a bailout of Medicare

Healthcare reform is just a bailout of Medicare... The government will go bankrupt in the next 10 years paying Medicare obligations so they must pass this "reform" and lower health care costs (and quality)...

Otherwise the FED will be printing trillions of treasury notes and interest rates will soar.

Prohibition created the gang

Prohibition created the gang problem, not the other way around. Street gangs didn't take up selling drugs because it was a nice panoramic business opportunity before the drug war was declared. Street gangs formed BECAUSE of the prohibition of dangerous drugs. This is all upside down and smacks of self interest. Cops don't want to loose their federal funding.

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marijuana reform

legalizing marijuana is a great idea,but taxing it is not,why would we even ask to be taxed more? especially when taxes are contrary to true liberty.isnt having to ask to do anything we have the right to do a kick in the teeth? this grows from the ground it requires no gov intervention,so why should we?

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

On taxing

If the federal government wants to use interstate commerce to stop you or charge you for growing Marijuana that should and ought to be opposed. On the other hand there is nothing wrong with collecting capital gains taxes on a legitimate business that is selling marijuana to its customers for profit, especially if you are apportioning 100% of the revenue generated toward eliminating debt. Its a just tax and makes a lot sense.

I think Philip Morris and the

I think Philip Morris and the other cigarette makers would be happy to capitalize on a new revenue stream.

And they like carcinogenic chemicals too much

in fact they love it. The only reason why they're successful is because of their mass toxic packaging. I hear that cigarettes aren't actually addictive in it's natural state (grown organically, dried and then smoked), but the chemicals Morris and others use ARE ADDICTING. Same thing goes for fast food, I'm sure you've heard. Yup, if you're not addicted to drugs, they're going to get you addicted other ways by your food, pharmaceutical drugs, television, etc.

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I doubt that

They would loose many smokers and weed would quickly fall to a price lower than that of tobacco.

The Abuse of Greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. - Shakespeare

I'm all for

decriminalization for users and dealers...

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Don't get me wrong(ly)

I would prefer to see all drugs decriminilized but for the most part it is political suicide to run on that platform, our liberties were taken in increments and we should look to take them back in increments as well.

I never understood the rift

I never understood the rift between people's private behavior and public opinion. What really causes the opposing viewpoints?

Marijuana Reform

Calling it legalization scares off too many people. I think that it can be a real asset in this broken economy. If only someone had the courage to stand behind the idea. It does not have to be flat out legalization, maybe allow it to be sold in one area similar to the red light district, decriminalize users but not dealers. (to appease local police departments who would vehemently oppose this). And set a time limit on it. I would love to hear some assemblyman say, "hey, we are broke with no way of addressing this debt, let's legalize it on a ten year charter and use the proceeds to eliminate the debt". If everything goes to shit because it is legal then you don't renew the charter, if the world doesn't fall apart and it is helping then take it from there.

It wouldn't matter

if it was 98% in favour, the drug war is a big job creator for those who would otherwise have to compete for jobs with the rest of us in the real economy.

Oh yes, and the war on drug propaganda is still spewing forth.

Just as it has since it's inception. At least they moved away from, "and this is your brain on drugs" and compare your brain as an egg frying in a pan.
No, it's chemotherapy that "frys" your body.
The war on drugs must be ended. It is something that would survive even the ending of the fed.

The FED 1913
The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

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2010 Legalize Cannabis Initiatives: At a Glance

Tax Cannabis 2010 Initiative
(aka The Bulldog or The Oaksterdam initiative),

Under the measure, persons age 21 or older could engage in "personal consumption" of cannabis. Specifically, personal consumption of cannabis would be permitted in a "non-public place," defined as including a residence or a public establishment licensed for for on-site cannabis consumption.

Possess, process, or transport up to one ounce of cannabis.

Cultivate cannabis on private property in an area up to 25 square feet.

Possess harvested and living cannabis plants cultivated in such an area.

Possess any items or equipment associated with the above activities. However, the measure permits local authorities to authorize the possession and cultivation, including commercial production, of larger amounts of cannabis.

Under the terms of this measure, the state could also enact laws to allow larger amounts of cannabis, as well as to enact new laws to regulate the comercial production of marijuana.

The measure prohibits state and local law enforcement agencies from seizing or destroying cannabis that was possessed, used, or sold in accordance with this measure.

California Cannabis Initiative (CCI)

Legalize various cannabis related activities.

Regulate the commercial production of cannabis.

Impose and collect cannabis related fees and taxes.

Authorize various criminal and civil penalties.

Repeals all state statutes that prohibit cannabis possession, sales, transportation, production, processing, or cultivation, as well as removes references to cannabis from all statutes that regulate controlled substances. However, the measure also states that it does not repeal existing statutes that prohibits driving under the influence of cannabis.

The measure also specifies that persons 21 or older may legally possess, transport, use, furnish, sell, cultivate, or process cannabis.

In addition, the measure states that any individual's previous convictions for a cannabis related offense shall be expunged from criminal records, which would cause certain persons currently in prison or jail (or on parole or probation) for such an offense to be released from custody.

Moreover, the measure prohibits discrimination against a person for conduct permitted by the measure and provides for the "decriminalization" of industrial hemp.

The measure allows persons 21 or older to cultivate "reasonable amounts" of cannabis for personal use without being subject to regulation. However, production of cannabis in excess of the amounts allowed for personal use would be subject to commercial regulations adopted by state and local governments.

Specifically, the measure requires the state to establish regulations to ensure that cannabis businesses prevent harm to the environment and protect minors.

Cannabis cultivated for personal use would not be subject to taxation or fees.

It specifies the Legislature initially set the excise tax at no less than $50 per oz of cannabis and that all revenue collected from this tax be spent on public education, healthcare, environmental programs, public works, and state parks.

The measure requires that the Legislature create a system for the taxation of commercial cannabis activities within one year of passage.

The measure specifies penalties for furnishing cannabis to a minor shall be consistent with alcohol related offenses, as determined by the Legislature.

The measure also specifically does not permit smoking cannabis 1) on a school bus; 2) by the operator of a motor vehicle, vessle, or aircraft during operation; and 3) within 500 feet of a youth shelter or school, unless the school is a college or university or the personal use occurs within a residence. Any violations of the measure is subject to civil, regulatory, and licensing penalties as determined.

Common Sense Act of 2010

This measure states that it repeals existing prohibitions on cannabis use, cultivation, possession, transportation, and sale.

It also requires that state and local governments stop spending funds to enforce or prosecute any law that prohibits such cannabis related activities.

Under the measure, federal, state, and local governments would be authorized to tax the manufacture, sale, and use of marijuana.

The measure instructs the Legislature to establish laws for the regulation and taxation of cannabis.

The measure instructs members of Congress from California to work to remove cannabis from the federal schedule of controlled substances and to vote against funding that would be used to enforce any laws prohibiting cannabis or hemp products.

Some or all of the provisions of this measure could be subject to challenge in the courts and found unconstitutional under state law. For example, the way in which this measure proposes to change California's existing cannabis related statutes could be challenged in the courts.

That is because the measure does not directly amend or strike out the specific existing laws relating to cannabis.

The provisions in the measure measure does not directly amend or strike out the specific existing laws relating to cannabis.

The provisions in the measure instructing members of the Legislature and Congress to perform certain actions may be found unenforceable.

Jack Herer Initiative (my favorite R.I.P.)

Just Filed. It's said to be as liberal as CSI and CSA without taxation.

Jack's previous statements: "I don't want to fucking give the United States government one fucking dollar of taxes. I think they should go to fucking jail for you and me and 20 million people getting arrested for pot. It is the safest thing you can do in the universe. And that is what we are going to do in California."

In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.

"Decriminalize!" -me

In my life, cannabis has been the most important subject affecting every aspect of my life.
"I will never be without access to cannabis" -me

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

I'll second that !

Since the day our paths crossed ( mine with cannabis ) we have never parted ways. That is 43 yrs. now !!!

Praise the plant that the Gods sent us to be healthy & "connected" with the devine energy. She will feed & HEAL you both body & mind.

Google the subject...history, uses, cosmic connection !

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Well said peaceplace! Cannabis and me since 1963.

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And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

doesn't surprise me one bit

doesn't surprise me one bit

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

Wow...if legalizing "marijuana" is more popular the Obama...

Imagine how much MORE popular legalizing Cannabis would be ?

Marijuana is a dirty work in conservative circles and that is why we see it used so much ( even in threads here on DP !!! ) and still people are seeing thru the hype. If the words Cannabis & Hemp are used favorable rating ( opinions ) soar.

Yes I agree...the end to drug prohibition is one of the MOST important topics ... PERIOD. As it allows most all of the abuses in the legal & courts systems to continue. Phoney "War on Drugs".

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Interesting fact. I did not

Interesting fact. I did not know that marijuana sends up red flags for "conservatives" in a way that the word cannabis does not. I guess the folks in California are smart to have named it the "Tax Cannabis Act."

Wes Messamore blogs at http://www.humblelibertarian.com

Sends up red flags in "all" circles...were the uninformed duell.

By "preverting" the language and inventing "slang" to slander or taint a subject ( or person, movement etc. ) it is possible to "stigmatize" it.

Marijuana is one of those words, terrorist is another !

By refusing to respond to "spin" words...and insisting on the botanical name when talking or writing about this subject we do our part to "break" the mind set.

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Ron Paul should push pot as his primary argument

Great poll find...God I love how polls shed so much truth on reality.

They can immediately be used as facts!

It's like magic.

Wes Messamore's picture

I don't know if you're being

I don't know if you're being sarcastic or not, but I'd say Ron Paul would do better to stick to criticizing bailouts, fascist medicine, and Obama if he wants the GOP's nomination for Pres in 2012. Though in the general election, being a little more vocal about drug legalization would probably help.

Wes Messamore blogs at http://www.humblelibertarian.com

I first heard of Ron Paul

I first heard of Ron Paul while at a SAFER rally collecting signatures to place a legalization measure on our ballot. Marijuana is what got me interested in Ron Paul.