Marijuana Law Reform Marching On: Legalization Highly Favored In New Massachusetts Poll

58% support in Massachusetts for legalizing marijuana and regulating it as other agricultural commodities

Georgetown, MA – This evening, attendees at the Second Annual Massachusetts Cannabis Convention hosted by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/NORML (MassCann/NORML) at the Crowne Plaza in Natick heard the major results of a live telephone poll conducted in November by DAPA Research Inc. of 600 Massachusetts voters with a margin of error of +/-4%.

The most significant findings:
*Fifty-eight percent (58%) support legalizing marijuana and regulating it in the same manner as other agricultural commodities with sales prohibited to underage persons (69% Democrats, 44% Republicans, 54% Other).
*Sixty-two percent (62%) are more likely to support legalization if the proposed law would regulate the cultivation and sale of marijuana to adults and tax it in the same manner as the state currently regulates alcohol (70% Democrats, 56% Republicans, 60% Other).
*Fifty-four percent (54%) oppose the federal government disregarding state law in states legalizing marijuana, while only 35% support the federal government’s disregarding state law.
“The data strongly suggests that Massachusetts voters are more ready than voters in any other state to end prohibition and establish reasonable regulation of cannabis cultivation and commerce for all purposes,” said Steven S. Epstein, a founder and currently an officer of MassCann/NORML. “The data also establishes that if the legislature does not enact a law allowing medical use of marijuana this session the voters will overwhelmingly, perhaps 80%+, approve the voter initiative for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana at the ballot box in November.”
“Legalization is essential to ending crime created by the prohibition of cannabis,” said Cara Crabb-Burnham, a member of MassCann/NORML’s Board of Directors. “It is important to recognize legal vendors will card customers and keep it out of the hands of children.”
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For more information contact:
Michael Crawford, 978-502-4080
Attorney Steven Epstein, 978-352-3300

77 thoughts

  1. We’re gonna win this war, and I love it!
    “prohibition will never work because a market will get created that will price its products based on the dangers of supply, the more danger, the greater the price, the whole Controlled Substance Act was just an excuse that encouraged only one thing; A greater disrespect for the law.” -A friend who’s no longer with us

  2. Well Missouri , where’s our backbone. We even have a bootheel for prohibitional booting in the ass for them. Come on board MO. We need dispensaries here too! we still take care of people here just need better medicine. I’ve smoked cannabis since 1978 at 13yrs and now at 45yrs old i’m still alive. Boy were’nt they wrong about personal use. So why don’t we show them. I’m perminently disabled since 2004 not dead. Just too much mileage.

  3. Isn’t it crazy! We are gonna win. I just keeping thinking it can’t actually happen, but then another step forward. We are pretty much running at this point, aren’t we?
    Looks good.

  4. This, shold not be good news. Nor, should it be sad.
    The simple fact that up to or more then 42% those polled still want the ability to destroy someone’s LIFE over Cannabis/Marijuana.
    This, is way beyond any Legal problem.
    This, is a Social problem.
    WE have slipped into a battle of absolutism. You are either right or wrong. A good balance, on issue’s with such profound effect, should go to the 2-1 vote, instead of 1-1.
    This would prevent 1-2% of the population being able to destroy the lives of 48%.
    Don’t vote for a name or a brand. Vote for what Should work, and then what Can work.
    If the poor do not bring food to the rich, they only have their money to eat.
    Watch the action’s of an individual, then listen to their word’s.

  5. ethrrience the Play-Boy effect. for perhaps the’ Jimmy Conners” of the 70’s….with or without…..The Penthouse, Experience
    I saw it on the Play-Boy channell!!!

  6. The feds are going to have to ramp up their keep um stupid policy to stop legalization.Higher tuition, less employment, more wars.

  7. This should have been done long ago. Cannibas is one of the few textiles that we could use in so many various ways that can not only benefit the individual, but also the businesses that could use/benefit from hemp/cannibas being legal across the board. Tax the hell out of it..we can destroy the deficit within five years with legalization and taxation.!!!

  8. Nice piece. Question: why isn’t some organization or Soros/Lewis sponsoring a ballot initiative?
    [Editors’ note: This big money is already behind the MA medical cannabis ballot initiative, slated for 2012, where its prospects are excellent. For the legalization ballot to receive the same degree of $ support from them, the MA polling will need to consistently come in at 58% or higher for six months. This will make it likely too late to qualify for the 2012 ballot, but bodes well for 2013 or 2014.]

  9. Does ANYBODY know how to get over the withdrawal effect of not sleeping after quiting pot? It’s been months since I’ve had a single 8-hour night sleep. It’s driving me absolutely fucking crazy!!!!!!!!!! God I hate th government

  10. Congress just hasnt been able to refuse the money pouring in from BIG PHARMA. Until the cash flow can be stifled and others among us can delete “Reefer Madness”
    from the hard drive of our minds its just going to be everybody pissed off at everbody.

  11. I am getting tired of polls. I want to get to a point where we can vote on it. If it is a law for the people then the people need to be able to have their voice heard.

  12. … just started reading MARIJUANA Gateway To Health by Clint Werner, an amazing new book that debunks the fear that marijuana is a ‘gateway to hard drugs..’ medically sound with lots of scientific research! a must for everyone, just released. i can’t put it down!!!

  13. The numbers sound great! Let’s hope so. I hope this is not like a Wagnerian opera where it ain’t over till the fat lady sings because you know the prohibitionists will try to thwart it as that have in other states.
    Saw the 2nd installment of Weed Wars, loved it.
    As for the Oakland city folks, I hope they’re just hamming it up for the show. If Harborside had to remain nonprofit they couldn’t be collecting for the increased tax on them in anticipation of the measure being passed, and if they say they need more time and to work out some sort of payment plan deal then you work with them.
    Your bond rating could be negatively affected if you put Harborside and others out by demanding so much more in too short a time. They know what they can afford to pay and in what kind of a time frame. You need their revenue payments! You can’t let the Feds in their § 280E. Expenditures in connection with the illegal sale of drugs harm Harborside and the others because you know the Feds’ goal is to shut them down, which means you’re out the revenues that are helping to freakin save your bond rating.
    Thousands of cash-strapped local governments could use the reserves from incoming cannabis revenues to ensure they have acceptable bond ratings.
    SAN FRANCISCO (Standard & Poor’s) March 30, 2011–Standard & Poor’s Ratings
    Services revised the outlook to stable from negative on its ratings and
    underlying ratings (SPURs) on Oakland, Calif.’s general obligation (GO) bonds
    and pension obligation bonds (POBs) and Oakland Joint Powers Financing
    Authority’s revenue bonds. At the same time, Standard & Poor’s affirmed its
    ‘AA-‘ rating and SPUR on the GO bonds, its ‘AA-‘ SPUR on the revenue bonds,
    and its ‘A+’ SPUR on the POBs.
    “The rating action reflects our view of management’s budgetary actions that
    have allowed the city to maintain what we consider to be still very strong
    reserve levels despite the recession’s impact on local revenue and resulting
    successive budget gaps,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Misty Newland.
    Management expects the fiscal 2011 general fund will be balanced. The city’s
    fiscal 2011 midyear forecast includes an additional revenue loss of almost $11
    million due primarily to lower-than-budgeted parking meter citations, interest
    income, and billboard revenue. However, this shortfall was partially offset by
    lower-than-expected expenditures of $6 million. We understand that the
    remaining imbalance will be offset by a limited amount of one-time revenue and
    additional projected underspent expenditures, pending approval by the city
    council in late April or early May. We expect that with these budget
    revisions, reserves will remain consistent with prior-year levels, which we
    consider very strong. Fiscal 2010 closed with an unreserved general fund
    balance of 29.7% of expenditures.

  14. yay… i cant wait until that day comes in sometime 2012 or 2013 where marijuana will finally be widely accepted and we can all smoke without feeling guilty. ^_^

  15. read genises chapter 1 verse 12 it should be the very first page of the bible and spread the word!!

  16. In a world so out of control,with anger and greed the norm,we all know that the only cure for this illness is to end the governments ignorance when it comes to cannabis.
    The world will not begin healing unless Uncle Sam releases it’s iron grip on cannabis and hemp.Only then will the anger and greed begin to subside,and only then will we possibly begin to see any hope for Peace and Prosperity.Anger and greed rule,Peace and Prosperity is on Life Support.

  17. “When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.” John D Rockefeller, Jr.
    Sounds *exactly* like what we’re seeing with cannabis prohibition today.

  18. Bono on Huchabee about AIDS help and poor. How it made America great. This is what cannabis can be to the world. Medical and industrial would bring they’re sociaties up. You know. Spresd the wealth.
    Even here if you had a thousand acres at $300 an acre just for the stalks You could pay someone $60,000 a year +health to plant and deliver to market. Make land and equiptment payments and get a bit for yourself.
    Stop the insanity.

  19. I wish my grandfather could be prescribed some non narcotic medication. As we all know, oxy is a very strong drug, he can barely function on it. He keeps going to the emergency room because he’s dizzy, has head aches, and can hardly speak. He recently had a stroke as well. He’s in a lot of pain, has diabetes, and poor blood circulation. I can’t believe for one minute that drugging him with these opiates are helping him get any better. He hardly eats anymore because of the meds. He’s rotting away, and only creating frusteration in the family. He’s miserable, and I strongly believe if he were to try thc orally…he would eat better, and he would be much healthier mentally and physically. NYS, please consider a change, PLEASE!!! Federal laws (against the marijuana prohibition), go fuck yourself!!! Your fighting a war when you made opiates legal. Why don’t you see the harm you caused? I truly hate you. Sincerely, never yours…

  20. Why can’t the world see that marijuana isn’t a drug? Why must an herb that’s been proven repeatedly to be more medicinal than most main stream medications and vastly less harmful be labeled so extremely by the U.S. government? “Taxes”? I propose an ideal. The solution to our debt crisis, at least partly, can be solved by a simple card and a wonderful herb. If interested, then by all means contact me and I’ll be more than delighted to delve into the “works” of this Ideal Process for the Legalization of Marijuana.

  21. Per the editor’s note to my earlier response, California was polling well in 2010, but because it was an off-year election, turnout was unfavorable. If Massachusetts waits to 2013 or 2014 the state can expect a similar result.
    It seems to me that if a number of states put up legalization initiatives simultaneously in a presidential election year, the odds are strong(er) that at least one state will pass fundamental reform.
    As we saw in California in 2010, even a close loss will move the debate forward. So I think George Soros or Peter Lewis or someone should act quickly to get a full legalization measure on the ballot in Massachusetts for 2012.
    [Editor’s note: Unfortunately in CA in 2010, the support for legalization in polling never touched 58%…and not for six consecutive months…
    As indicated before, these funders are already in MA in 2012 with a medical cannabis initiative (which means they’re not going to fund a second initiative for legalization on the same ballot), and are already in CO and WA for legalization initiatives (if the polling is consistently over 58%….). ]

  22. The revenue from taxing the sale of regulated cannnabis sales would help our state. Nationally the same would be true. It is about time we ended this foolish prohibition.

  23. I don’t understand why not put both MA initiatives on the ballot in 2012 and whoever can’t support legalization can still support the medical law which will pass overwhelmingly and is overdue for Massachusetts. It seems like you would save money putting 2 initiatives on the same ballot in the same year rather the one after another.
    [Editor’s note: The funders of the MA initiative do not run two initiatives in the same state at the same time, notably if they began with a medical cannabis-only advocacy narrative (i.e., “we’re not supporters of legalizing marijuana…”).]

  24. It’s not that I think you should invest money in a battle you can’t win its just that sometimes poll numbers only move when campaigns move forward yes there is a steady positive yearly trend but can’t count on that lasting forever even if the demographics look good on that front.
    [Editor’s note: Historically, going back to 1972, in over 30 public initiatives, pro-reform initiatives almost always lose 3%-9% support during the campaign life cycle. There are few if any examples of these pro-reform initiatives picking up any greater public support once they make the ballot, which is why it is so important that reformers need to achieve 58% support minimally going into these campaigns because the very likely outcome is that the measure will lose public support, not gain any, so margins for losing 3%-9% public support have to be taken into strong consideration.
    Ideally, reformers want to see the numbers at 60% or higher pre-campaign as this demonstrates wide, bi-partisan support that bodes well for winning a majority.]

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