WSJ/NBC Poll: Solid Support for Legal Marijuana 
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WSJ/NBC Poll: Solid Support for Legal Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on January 28, 2014 at 06:29:16 PT
By Rebecca Ballhaus
Source: Wall Street Journal
USA -- As more and more states consider relaxing their marijuana laws, a majority of Americans said they favor laws allowing adults to buy small quantities of marijuana from state-licensed businesses, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released early Tuesday.The poll found that 55% said they favor allowing regulated businesses to sell marijuana, with nearly a quarter saying they actively support the measure. Another quarter said they oppose the measure but have not actively worked to have it overturned, and about one in five said they actively oppose it.
Young people overwhelmingly favor legalizing marijuana, with nearly three-quarters of those aged 18-34 saying they support changing the law. Of those aged 35-49, just over half said they favored it, compared to 49% of those aged 50-64 and 38% of those aged 65 and older.Democrats also vastly support legalization efforts over Republicans, with 66% of Democrats in favor compared to 38% of Republicans. Meanwhile, support stayed largely the same across different levels of education, hovering near 55% for respondents who did not complete high school to those with postgraduate degrees.Support for legalizing marijuana mirrors very closely support for same-sex marriage, the poll found. Some 53% said they favored same-sex marriage in an April 2013 Journal poll—nearly the exact number that favor marijuana legalization in this month’s poll. Young people offered broad support for same-sex marriage, too, with 64% in favor.Support margins between Democrats and Republicans widened for same-sex marriage, with 73% of Democrats in favor compared to 27% of Republicans.These numbers come as several states, including New York and Pennsylvania, have marijuana legalization measures pending. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this month that he plans to establish a program allowing 20 hospitals to prescribe medical marijuana. In Pennsylvania, a bill was introduced in the state Senate last week that would legalize marijuana. In Florida, a petition to allow medical marijuana use earned the number of signatures needed Friday to be placed on Florida’s election ballot in November.Same-sex marriage legalization has also made strides in recent months. In Virginia, Attorney Gen. Mark Herring announced he would seek to have the state’s ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional, and a federal judge in Oregon is currently considering a lawsuit to overturn the state’s ban. Federal judges in Oklahoma and Utah recently rejected such bans, though those decisions have been appealed.The poll, which surveyed 800 adults from Jan. 22-25, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.46 percentage points.Source: Wall Street Journal (US)Author:  Rebecca BallhausPublished: January 28, 2014Copyright: 2014 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.Contact: wsj.ltrs wsj.comWebsite:  -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by Universer on January 28, 2014 at 20:16:27 PT
Maintain the Momentum
Hey, slightly off-topic (but always on-point):The petition demanding President Obama remove cannabis from the DEA's schedules (which he can do with alone, with that pen he's always talking about) has crested 75,000. So, naturally, the goalposts have moved even more.Sign it, if you haven't. If you have, get others to sign it. Takes about 15 seconds ... but the impact could last a lifetime.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 28, 2014 at 17:56:11 PT
We sure will see!
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Comment #4 posted by MikeEEEEE on January 28, 2014 at 16:33:08 PT
Lets see whether Maggie will be re-elected?"Governor Maggie Hassan has publicly stated she is against legalizing recreational use, affirming in a statement to WMUR that “it’s the wrong message to send to young people” and she would further veto any such bill that made it to her desk. This hardline position against recreational marijuana comes not six months after Governor Hassan signed House Bill 573, effectively legalizing the state-wide use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. New Hampshire is presently one of 20 states to allow marijuana for medicinal purposes."
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Comment #3 posted by johnobonno on January 28, 2014 at 09:01:40 PT:
In states which still prosecute
People for using cannabis, defendants should even more than ever now, demand a jury trial, plead not guilty, and fight! You stand a far better chance with your peers than asking a judge for mercy.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 28, 2014 at 08:27:54 PT
NH House Passes First Recreational Marijuana Bill
January 28, 2014New Hampshire: Following the national tide of public opinion favoring the legalization of marijuana, the Democrat-controlled New Hampshire house passed a bill – HB 492-FN-LOCAL – on Jan. 16 that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. In passing the bill, the New Hampshire House made history by becoming the first legislative body to pass a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana. There are currently only two states in the Union – Colorado and Washington – where recreational marijuana is legal, and both states’ laws were passed through public referendum, as opposed to legislative action. The bill aims to construct laws regarding marijuana consumption, possession, and distribution similar to the state’s established alcohol laws, effectively treating marijuana as a controlled substance. The current draft of the bill breaks down its intentions into three laws: first, the bill states that only persons 21 and older have the legal right to the new law – persons under 21 are prohibited from engaging with marijuana; second, persons with the intention to wholesale, retail, cultivate or test marijuana must obtain proper licensing; third, that a tax on the sale of marijuana be levied at both wholesale, manufacturing and retail levels. As Colorado and Washington garner more national attention – serving as a litmus test for future nationwide legalization – the local media spotlight will be on the New Hampshire Ways and Means Committee. The committee is scheduled to meet this Thursday to revise the Bill before it is sent back to the House, where it is likely to pass again, according to Laura McCrystal of the Concord Monitor. McCrystal is basing this prediction on sources in the Merrimack County. Complete Article:
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on January 28, 2014 at 07:21:31 PT
It's Over!
and we ain't going back!
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