ABC News: Public's Support For Pot Legalization Has Never Been Higher!

Earlier this year, a NORML-commissioned national Zogby telephone poll revealed that a record 44 percent of American voters — including nearly six out of ten adults on the west coast — now believe that cannabis should be “taxed and legally regulated like alcohol and cigarettes.”
Since then, several additional polls have confirmed that the nation’s support for legalizing marijuana has never been higher, and is fast approaching “super-majority status.”
In fact, a recent poll sponsored by Oaksterdam University indicates that support for legalization among Californians has already achieved such vaulted status (well, almost).
Today two more polls are reaffirming America’s new “marijuana Zeitgeist.”
First, in California a new Field Research Corporation poll of 901 registered voters found that 56 percent of voters agree with the statement: “Legalize marijuana for recreational use and tax its proceeds.”
According to pollsters, this is the first time ever in a California Field poll that a majority of voters have endorsed regulating the adult use of cannabis. In February, California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano introduced legislation — Assembly Bill 390: The Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act — to tax the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis. To date, over 8,000 NORML supporters have contacted their state representatives in support of AB 390, which is expected to be taken up by the state Assembly early next year.
Nationally, a just-released ABC News/Washington Post poll of 1,072 adults finds that a record 46 percent of all Americans now favor “legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” This total is more than double the percentage of Americans who responded affirmatively (22 percent) to a similar ABC poll question in 1997!

46 percent of Americans now favor legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use, the most in data back to the mid-
1980s and more than double its level 12 years ago. While 52 percent remain opposed, that’s down from 75 percent in the late 1990s and 78 percent in 1986.
The biggest changes in the past two decades are 29- and 27-point advances in support for legalization among Democrats and independents, to 49 and 53 percent, respectively. The slightest: a 10-point gain among Republicans, to just 28 percent support.

So much for the myth that supporting marijuana law reform is ‘politically suicidal.’ In fact, if you are a politician — or President — whose constituency leans Democrat or Independent, it’s becoming increasingly likely that more of your supporters favor legalization over prohibition, and if you want to stay elected, you should too!

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  1. this is really good news americans are finally waking up.
    and if the unenlightened were told that now we would have all the benefits of legalized hemp we would get even more converts to the cause. speak more about hemp NORML as we end the prohibition on both weeds.

  2. i’m an independant voter who will no vote for Obama again given his performance to date. fortunately he has a few thousand more days of the first term to educated himself on the entire issue of the prohibition on cannabis & hemp.

  3. It amazes me that republicans always rant and rave about wanting smaller government and reducing welfare, however go on and support bigger government and corporate welfare with their policies. Drug prohibition is one of the biggest government programs there is. If and when the republicans truly become small government conservatives, we will all be free.

  4. Politicians better start paying attention if they havent already. We the people are SIck and Tired of the wars our government has us in. We were sick of the war on drugs long ago,its just now people are finding their voice. Its snowballin people.

  5. i think the percentage would be even higher if more people were not scared to answer yes but that high of a percentage reported is a GREAT sign that we will soon be able to overcome this 🙂

  6. Hell yeah 46%…Theres got to be a national poll for next year. Come on everybody that knows somebody that is in favor of the Legalization of Hemp them let them know that you need there support and maybe 2 or 5 dollars to donate to Norml or MPP. We have got to wake up and realize that with out any money been put in to this it will not work! We have got to do it like those BIG CORPORATIONS….they have money so they can organiuze things and form anything….so thats what we all have to be WE WILL BE THE BIGGEST MARIJUANA

  7. My parents were very anti-drug/Republican but when I showed them how it helped me and I was able to still get really good grades in school and had a job and my life going good, they gradually changed their minds. They are in favor of legalization now.
    Change people’s minds by showing them that you are above what the anti-drug commercials say you are. You are above that influence and prove it to people. Gradually we will get that number up into the 70’s and then we will be free of the horrible policy which is prohibition.

  8. Keep speaking the truth Mr. Armentano. I for one will not vote for anyone who will not change their stance on cannabis legalization or decriminilization. Anyone who keeps spouting the same old War on Drugs bullshit can’t count on my vote. EVER! These backward idiots who think that pouring more money into prohibition and promising to keep my kids safe can kiss my ass. I need them to take drugs off the streets by regulating them. And put the Cannabis in stores so I can buy it and use it responsibly while providing tax revenue to my beautiful Golden State which is in a financial crisis at the moment. Getting tired of waiting.

  9. i think this is a good idea..Saves police time an also saves lives in cancer its a plant like all plants god put on earth for humans why not make it legal when it grows wild!!!

  10. We must march forward.
    We must continue to use the machete of truth to clear the foliage of propaganda from their sight. Hack long enough and they’ll see the path to common sense!

  11. It is so important that all of us do everything within our power to further the cause of lifting prohibition. Please support those in congress that have shown the courage to face the truth in this issue. Jim Webb, Ron Paul, Barney Frank , Arlen Spector and the state reps in California and Mass.
    Please let them know that you support their efforts. These are the people that have the power to free us all from this war on our own citizens ( 20 million and counting)
    An extra special thanks to all of the staff and members of NORML. I am 55 year old and i’m sick and tried of living in fear of loosing my job due to my constitutional right to LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS not to mention my right to privacy. If Washington, Jefferson, Adams and many other founding fathers could legally grow hemp then why can’t I? I’m a disabled american Vietnam veteran that has earned my right to the freedom that we should all be able to enjoy.

  12. Well, Saturday is the global march, but I see so little news about it, someone may need to talk me down.
    MPP, NORML, ASA and all the big players should have advertised this, promoted it, backed it and bought ads all over the internet. I see failure in division.
    So far it looks like the teabaggers will outnumber our march, and that would be a sad thing.

  13. Personally I think that critical mass will be reached much sooner than 2022, I think it could be reached by the end of this year. NORML needs to keep banging the drum with those t.v. commercials. We need to rent billboards along major highways and we need to encourage news stations like CNN to keep up the good work of bringing up the topic of having serious debate about legalization.
    I think the Just Say No/DARE mentality is fading, at least where marijuana is concerned. The truth usually bears itself out and once the truth is out, you’ll see a much bigger increase in the number of people in favor of legalization. People are no longer taken in by scare tactics that don’t match reality.
    Also, we have a new generation coming up, and along with baby boomers reaching retirement age, and therefore having no fear of losing a job due to pot smoking, I think you’ll find more and more people speaking out in favor of marijuana. I honestly think the critical mass has already been reached, you just have a lot of people scared into silance by this god forsaken drug testing crap.

  14. Conservatives should adopt drug reform into their party lines, it makes sense….its all about the money. Enough of this religion ruling our country, let us be free.

  15. “ABC News: Public’s Support For Pot Legalization Has Never Been Higher!”
    Is everyone smoking Dank?

  16. Mexico Senate OKs bill to legalize drug possesion
    Mexico’s Senate approved a bill on Tuesday decriminalizing possession of small amounts of narcotics for personal use, in order to free resources to fight violent drug cartels.
    The bill, proposed by conservative President Felipe Calderon, would make it legal to carry up to 5 grams (0.18 ounces) of marijuana, 500 milligrams (0.018 ounces) of cocaine and tiny quantities of other drugs such as heroin and methamphetamines.
    Mexico’s Congress passed a similar proposal in 2006 but the bill was vetoed by Calderon’s predecessor Vicente Fox, under pressure from the United States, which said it would increase drug abuse, but now is worried by the drug-related violence along its border.
    Calderon has staked his presidency on curtailing the escalating violence between rival drug gangs as they fight over smuggling routes to the United States, with violence spilling into U.S. cities like Phoenix and Tucson.
    Calderon was praised by U.S. President Barack Obama this month for his army crackdown in a visit to the Mexican capital and Washington is sending more agents to its side of the border to curb the flow of guns and cash to the cartels.
    Drug violence has killed 2,000 people this year across Mexico after 6,300 deaths in 2008.
    The bill, which needs to be approved by the lower house, also allows Mexican states to convict small-time drug dealers, no longer making it a federal crime to peddle drugs. Drug dealers are rarely convicted in Mexico as federal courts are saturated with bigger cases and local judges cannot interfere.
    Mexico’s Congress convenes for a final session before its recess on Thursday but may call an extraordinary session given the outbreak of deadly swine flu in the country that has forced lawmakers to hold sessions behind closed doors to prevent further contagion. (Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez, editing by Patricia Zengerle)

  17. I think we have 5 to 10 years left to wait. Just wait until all the anti-drug senior citizens die.

  18. I think we need a huge protest one day. All the cannabis smokers need to unite and make a huge deal and get tons of coverage……… the media has become pro weed recently.
    these are exciting times for blazers
    gotta put pressure on the government though!!!!

  19. Wow, we’re here, the point at which politicians are expected to “Conform,” to public opinion, votes, right? Represent the people or get ousted amigo! I saw this one coming a mile away. The real excitment today is that “WE,” “The PEOPLE,” are in more control than ever. As a people we have been labled the “Online Crowd.” Yes and we vote to change the marijuana laws now. More States will soon follow, for the sake of saving lives with hemp medicinal products, I hope Tennessee Officials are taking notes on these new State approved MJ programs.
    Tax & Regulate, who will be THE first customer to legally purchase pot? It’ll probably be a Californian, great legislative work California!

  20. Mr. EZ: Write Legalize Marijuana on dollar bills? Seriously, I suppose that everybody has to talk about it and everybody has to be an activist

  21. I have Chronic pain (3 back surgeries), IBS, and a Seizure disorder,couldn’t really do prison in my condition and have waited about 40yrs for legalization. I’m 61 yrs old and have lived all these years for relief from my ailments. I’d hate to think my dying day would come without any relief. There are many of us who “NEED” marijuana to be legalized NOW !!

  22. ABC NEWS I GIVE THEM AN A+. THE FOX CHANNEL I GIVE THEM A F-. The American Public is getting more aware as time goes on THE DRUG WAR IS A FARCE. We all know that MARIJUANA PROHIBITION IS NOT WORKING and all it is doing is creating chaos upon the AMERICAN PEOPLE by filling up PRISONS with non-violent offenders and created DRACONIAN DRUG LAWS. The by-products of this DRUG WAR IS METH.-CRACK AND OTHER DRUGS THAT ARE CHEAP AND AVAILABLE. The time is here to end MARIJUANA PROHIBITION one step at a time and our time is here and tell the government- DON’T TREAD ON US! 420 ALL THE WAY!

  23. SERIOUSLY enough with the photoshopped slave statue – it is not going to help our cause at all!

  24. Voting is the answer, The true way, the only way.
    We don’t need to convince even one more American citizen to reform the laws. The heavy lifting is already done.
    The time is now to organize for the 2010 Congressional elections. Some of us will be able to vote for our preferred candidates, some of us may have to vote against usual orientation. We took out Darth Vader in 2002. Make 2010 count. Remember if we control 20 % of the vote the politicians no longer have a choice. We pick the winner.

  25. @ Mr.EZ
    “So what we can we do to finally push this over the edge?”
    Donate as much as you can. If you can purchase marijuana weekly, then you can donate weekly.
    If every marijuana smoker donated 5 dollars every time they purchased cannabis, it would give millions of dollars every single week for NORML to use.(ads etc)
    Tell your friend, and spread the word. Be respectful to those that happen to disagree. But also at the same time, present them with factual reasons in a courteous way and cite your resources.

  26. This is really nice. I’ve been following this movement for the last 7 or so years. Like a snow ball rolling down hill getting bigger as it gains mass, the movement has picked up momentum. Its in the news almost daily, public support is increasing at a rate higher than ever, and sit coms are pushing the agenda. Did anyone see the Family Guy episode a short time ago called “420”? Freakin hilarious. “Everything’s better with a bag of weed!”
    Change is coming, with or without Obama. I CAN’T WAIT. This is a great way to actually participate in democracy.

  27. Beastie, what did we do to Kellogs? Did they really suffer any noticeable backlash due to their treatment of Phelps?

  28. We need to advetise more and make the public more aware. We can have a voting block that will make the politicians look twice at if they want to continue collecting a salary from our tax dollars.

  29. No need to wait 10 – 15 years for the anti drug seniors to die out. The 1960’s generation, the first to smoke weed in huge numbers are already 60 -70 years old.
    The biggest anti-pot group are the DARE generation who grew up during the 1980’s now in their 30’s. The most anti – pot, NORML, HIGH TIMES, etc people I know are between 25 -35.
    We do however have to move very slowly or else risk a severe backlash, like in the 1980’s. LASTING change neeeds to be incrimental and more or less off the radar screen. The prohibitionist have a lot more political firepower than we do (currently at least).
    The only way to win is to elect more Pro-reform members of congress.

  30. “I think we have 5 to 10 years left to wait. Just wait until all the anti-drug senior citizens die.”
    everybody push your grandmothers down the stairs so we can get this thing done lol im just kidding hahaha i couldnt help myself 🙂

  31. im sure the government is cursing the day that the internet was born, as it has allowed people like us to spread the word and unite together so that our voices could be heard. I cant help but think to myself how in the world we could ever get this far without it. I think of the internet as a uniter of people in some ways. We are the people and when we unite and stand up instead of hiding our heads in the ground we can do anything.

    We are gaining support (people are coming out of the closet) 2009 is our year. Pleas tell everyone you know that has an interest in this issue go to all the pro cannabis sites and let your voice be heard!!! VOTE, SIGN PETITIONS, WRITE YOU REP, RAISE HELL, MARCH, WE WILL WIN…
    End the tyranny stop the slavery return freedom of choice stop the greedy from paying our rep to vote in favor of a WAR ON USA (drugs) I AM A MAN I CAN MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS I DO NOT NEED A DICTATOR COUNTRY TELLING ME HOW TO LIVE..
    Cherokee Fred Jesus

  33. About TIME!!! I’m a 35 disabled marine corps veteran and I’m proud to see people standing up for our freedoms while the military men and women protect these rights. I need marijuana just to do daily activities, which include taking care of my young children. All the horse crap that the government been trying to feed the mass public is finally being ignored. Keep up the good work to inform those out there that don’t know the facts. Spread the word and don’t be afraid to talk about marijuana law changes. It’s our country, lets keep it that way.

  34. This is Great news!!! Legislators, soon you will have to decide what your legacy will be…. History will judge many Legislators to have been evil agents that kept millions of people in virtual slavery and spit in the face of freedom loving people everywhere. Our founding fathers will rise up and and give most all of them an extremely Humiliating talking down to when judgement comes!!!! Soon they will be begging for forgiveness.
    I hope that the people who judge them are the people who have spent 20 years in prison on account of them. It’s coming soon, I feel it on the wind. Freedom, Freedom, Freedom!!!!

  35. I just think we need to stop waiting for numbers to change, presidents to act smart about drugs or expecting law makers to care. We have to make this happen ourselves and I dont think all our brothers out there are doing what needs done to help us. I think there is a large number of smokers that dont have a voice or choose not to have one, could be they are too afraid, too lazy or too self invoved to care. Its their War too and they can be hurt just as bad as any of us!
    We need them to stand up and fight with us! We need to help them make the choice to fight and get this BS over. What if we all would get one person to write a letter and email, one more voice yelling at legislators to End Prohibition! If we all do this, we could make this happen now, in turn forcing a debate right now about our failed drug policys!
    We all know one person, Im sure we all do, go today and have them write an email and a letter to their legislators, even make a call. If we all do this, we can double our effort that easy! Im going to try and get 5 new people today myself, how many will you get? We have to all fight, we cant let this time pass us by, go get that person or those people and involve them today!
    Just tell them its the Marijuana Draft and if they smoke they have to fight!

  36. to #25 Rick
    You know, that sounds, no pun intended at all, crazy enough to work! better yet! Write one different truth to each dollar. And stress that fact of “ADULT USE OF CANNABIS” to each one that way kids dont get any funny ideas.. or maybe it will make kids educate themselves further by asking their parents about drugs. That being the most flawed thing I can think of that plan at the moment (medicated, sorry lol). All kidding aside, I will write ONE truth about the benefits of hemp on one $1 bill a day starting today. I dont think the state/feds are going to waist money by checking all the finger prints on a $1 bill… times however many in circulation, it would be ludicrous.
    Its a shame that something so good can be outlawed. HEY CONGRESS! Name something that has more than over 50, 000 uses and not called “silly puddy”

  37. Polls don’t generally mean that much. They are within a margin of error. Could be +10/-10 or could be +5/-5, or higher, maybe lower.
    Besides that, it’s not good to pinpoint out the democrats and independents. This is not a liberal issue, though I know it may seem that way. A lot of republicans want to see it legalized also. If you suddenly start alienating them, you are doing more harm than good.

  38. Theres gotta be another national poll that isnt hidden so people know when to vote and it will be as big as obamas election turnout Trust Me

  39. I totally see our cause gaining momentum. At this rate by the 2012 election I see legalization support at over 50%. Did anyone see Colbert last night. He had someone on who was in favor of legalization and he did a great job. If we can just get democracy to work, aka putting these issues on the states ballot, then I am sure we could win even in next years elections. I don’t see people getting fined thousands of dollars, liscence taken, or put in prison over beer, cigs, or mcdonalds. We have the passion on our side. We have the asset of reason as well.

  40. Well, that’s just f…ing great. The media need to completely change their tune to nearly 100% for marijuana legalization. It will save money and bring in revenues. How f…ing stupid are these people? When they lose too much money on lost advertising and they feel the sh…y economy hit them and the political contributions at the all politics is local level dry up is something to be avoided might swing more over. Swine flu scare just a smokescreen to stifle criticism of Obama’s first hundred days, so well I’m still pissed he pussied out on cannabis. He changed his tune or prosecuting waterboarding, which I am glad to hear, extremely, so I see a slim chance he might change course on cannabis, too. Not too much longer!

  41. hey truthanconcequenses i dont remember where i read it but kellogs was number 9 business in us when this started and last i heard they were down to like 80+. can anyone update these numbers for me. thx

  42. keep the pressure on people!!! we will win this WAR!!! obama will not laugh anymore on this issue nor will those stagnent republicans.. we all will be token up legally one day! ahh what a day that will be! until then keep token anyway.. maybe the smoke will hit washington. puff puff pass ab 390!!

  43. If you ask me it looks like the Republicans are the ones alienating themselves. They seem to cleary care more about thier money and power in office then our country’s well being.

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