Washington, DC: Ending the federal prosecution of adults who use cannabis is the most popular public policy issue facing the Obama administration, according to the results of a new poll conducted by Change.gov – the official website of the President's Transition Team.
More than 125,000 visitors to the site voted on 44,000 specific policy proposals. The leading vote getters are slated to appear in a 'Citizen's Briefing Book,' which will be delivered to the new President imminently.
The public's demand to "stop imprisoning responsible adult citizens" who use marijuana received more votes than any other issue in the online poll.
A related question calling on the new administration to "stop using federal resources to undermine states' medicinal marijuana laws" finished in third place.
The Citizens' Briefing Book poll marks the third time the Obama Transition Team has asked for the public's input regarding what they perceive to be the most important public policy questions facing America. Questions pertaining to the legalization of marijuana have dominated online voting in each poll, and have twice finished in the #1 position.
A separate poll, conducted last week by Change.org and the Case Foundation, also reported that the legalization of cannabis for personal use is the most popular issue among online voters.
Commenting on the poll results, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: "This past August House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a live interview with CNN, called on the public to actively voice their support for marijuana law reform. Since then, Americans have expressed their desire to amend our nation's antiquated and punitive cannabis laws in unprecedented numbers. In short, the people have spoken. Are Congress and the Barack Obama administration listening?"
For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.