GOP Voters In Early Primary States Oppose Federal Interference In State Marijuana Laws

Republican voters in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire do not believe that the incoming administration ought to interfere with the enactment of state laws legalizing marijuana, according to polling data conducted by Public Policy Polling and published today by

Sixty-seven percent of GOP voters in New Hampshire agree that “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.” Sixty-four percent of Iowa GOP voters agreed with the statement.

This voter sentiment is contrary to the public positions of at least two Republican Presidential candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Senator Marco Rubio — both of whom have espoused using the power of the federal government to roll back changes in state marijuana laws.

Overall, a super-majority of all voters in Iowa (71 percent) and New Hampshire (73 percent) oppose federal interference in state laws permitting marijuana use.

Previous polls surveying a national sampling of voters have reported similar results. Gallup pollsters reported that 64 percent of respondents oppose federal interference in state laws that allow for the legal use of the cannabis by adults, while a Third Way commissioned poll found that six out of ten voters believe that states, not the federal government, should authorize and enforce marijuana policy. Most recently, a 2015 Pew poll reported that a strong majority Americans — including 64 percent of Independents, 58 percent of Democrats, and 54 percent of Republicans — believe that the federal government should not enforce laws in states that allow marijuana use.

23 thoughts

  1. I’m am thoroughly enjoying watching the GOP with its states right mantra, and its anti-marijuana FOX news mouthpiece still pushing stuff reminiscent of reefer-madness both suddenly confronted by supporters who embrace rule from the bottom up.

  2. Of course Republican voters want State’s Rights to be Recognized. However, Rebublican (sic) “leadership” does give two shit about their voters or what they want, they just listen to what the 1% say, and most of them are Narcissists who are also Obsessives. Chris Chrispy hangs with ball teams owners that think “he is a good luck charm”. Fucking Crack Heads, just minus the Crack, but not missing any of the crazy.

  3. FYI everyone: The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the nation’s medical research agency) now explicitly admits that “Cannabis has been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory” at But they say “at this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.” What constitutes “enough evidence?” There’s more than enough evidence! Cannabis should be removed from Schedule 1 NOW because it clearly has “known medical use” and the FDA should approve it NOW for use as a cancer treatment. Organically cultivated marijuana should be fully and liberally legalized because consuming it (recreationally or medically) probably prevents cancer and many other diseases/ailments too.

  4. @anonymous;
    We should call our Congressman on the take action link for the CARERS Act and be like “Well if Chuck Grassley or Dianne Feinstein need more evidence, ask them if they ever felt good after exercise or felt relaxed after an orgasm and that pretty much covers Sativa and Indica… ”
    Hey, maybe the problem is they don’t know what happiness is so they can’t even recognize the evidence inside their own LIVING endocannabinoid system?! HELLO!? Will some one just GET CONGRESS HIGH?

  5. Just because someone has a degree or a doctorate does not prevent them from being Obsessive Compulsive. This is perfectly symptomatic: But they say “at this time, there is not enough evidence to recommend that patients inhale or ingest Cannabis as a treatment for cancer-related symptoms or side effects of cancer therapy.”

    In the disordered mind, there will never be “enough evidence” because all Class B Personality Disorders are F(alse)E(vidence)A(ppearing)R(eal) based. Every social interaction is contaminated with fear and pretending you can order things by pushing other people into order is the result of this mental disorder. What is worse is Class B disorders are very often comorbid, meaning the same person that is Obsessive Compulsive is also a Narcissist or a Histrionic/Borderline sufferer. Look at The Donald and JEB!, these guys aren’t right in the head and it would take them several years of smoking weed plus therapy to even come back down to Earth from whatever dimension they currently inhabit. There is also interactions between disordered people, they form what are called dysfunctional relationships in which they are co-dependent–that way they can cause other people more problems by working together on making their disorders worse or re-enforcing them. Rather like how the Democrats and Republicans have been using the US as a punching bag. Everything they arrest someone for weed, they make money, those two groups, Democrats and Republicans keep giving each other more power while reducing everyone else’s access to authority. Please keep in mind, Republicans and Democrats are not supposed to even be in the government, it is for Americans, not these assholes.

  6. I comes down to whether you want to continue to send unregistered funds elsewhere, or are you going to build an economic structure to support legitimate cannabis endeavors.

  7. Admittedly, I am pigeon-holing myself by stating that I am a one-issue candidate in the coming election cycle. I will only support candidates who exhibit the statesman-like qualities to recognize and address the egregious injustices perpetrated upon the American people by prohibition. I’m asking that you do the same and call upon all you know to do the same. Call out your local, state, and federal politicians and put them on notice that we are no longer going to allow them to hide behind our silence. They must come to terms with We, The People or they can begin the search for new employment. The most powerful tool we possess is our voice and the willingness to use it.

  8. @ Dave Evans,

    Your post made me laugh, and not in a bad way. The part about Trump and Jeb!, lol.

    But I do agree with your basic premise about the Dems and GOPers. I will be supporting Bernie Sanders in this election, believe, unlike The Donald, that he’s a true populist.

    I’d read about a week or two ago that Sanders was gonna come out with a statement about MJ. Has anybody heard anything from him on that?

    I think I saw something that alluded to his supporting legalization, but am not really sure.

    @ $10 lid–like your moniker btw–I do occasionally call my Rep’s office and my two Dem Sen’s offices and encourage legalization. I tried with the GOPer Sen’s office, but was answered with a curt, “I’ll pass your message along” by some office person.

    So many of the politicos, from both parties, are cowards on the issue–I believe they’ll eventually begin supporting when the popularity for legalization is too big too ignore. The GOPers of course are worse, terrified of being vilified by the “fair and balanced” people at Fox “News.”

  9. @Evans wins AOYA Acronym Of Year Award for that masterful FEAR formulation!

    And “Histrionic////Borderline” is great description of Trump the Chump with his theatrical Great Wall to keep the Evil Mexicans out. Shades of Anslinger and the “Marihuana = Mexicana” hysterial hatetheory.

    (Notice, I fortified the Wall with a few extra //// slashes heh heh.)

  10. @ Mexweed,

    I can see it now, 20 years hence, people taking out hammers and yelling, “Mr. Trump, tear down this wall!” The irony.

    Used to be you could cross over into Mexico or Canada, showing your driver’s license. Now you have to show your passport, proof of citizenship, your birth certificate, and sign over your first born before they’ll let you cross. Ah, the home of the free and the brave. Makes you kind of proud to be so “exceptional.”

  11. I am a Republican and a conservative. And I believe in consistency. If you believe that local government is likely to respond to human needs best, then you should respect local government when it allows for legalized marijuana use. Not all areas in America are dominated by social conservatives – or need to be. Whatever I end up deciding about whether legalized cannabis is a good idea, I respect the right of states and locales to disagree and enact laws which reflect the will of their socially liberal majority. After all, no one is being forced to smoke pot against their will.

  12. @ Mexweed, its not my Acronym, its from the video game F.E.A.R. But it is really accurate to how these goons keep trying to sell US on War, War and Some More War. Wars in the Middle East, not for making a better world, but apparently just to kill brown people. Wars on our Own People also sold to US by FEAR Propaganda. Wars on Native Americans for no good reason. We really need to just stop listening to Narcissists, they are poison.

  13. @Dave,
    Nice diagnosis of El Donald and El Jeb; I find it hilarious that regular consumption of marijuana really is treatment for hubris and selfish tendencies.

  14. I’m a conservative and have never supported the prohibitionist stance nor will I vote for a candidate that would roll back gains in medical or recreational use.I’m not going to vote for communism or a socialist either.

  15. @Evening Bud,
    Thanks, unfortunately I can remember paying that. Regarding the Trump Wall, why don’t they send in the swat teams to arrest the owners of companies who hire the illegals? Seize their property under civil asset forfeiture, and put them in jail for some unreasonably long period of time. Wouldn’t need a wall, wouldn’t need to expend vast sums of national treasure, and wouldn’t spend all that manpower chasing good people simply looking for a better life. Come to think of it, didn’t the present prohibition laws start with the same premise as the war (excuse the slip) wall mongers?

  16. Sorry, @$10, I think you got off the track. “Arrest owners of companies who hire the illegals”? When hiring someone to do honest work for honest pay would be the first step to making that person legal, problem solved.

    The issue is, what to pay the worker to do: answer, we’re going to need lots more SHELVING. Cannabis legalization and increased more expert use will result in millions of individuals figuring out ways to RE-USE materials and products instead of throw them away and everyone will need more organizer shelving and open-top inventory boxes and other containers to ORGANIZE the things that will be worked on in a community workspace at a community workbench and repaired or made into a new product.

    The sign of our increased endocannabinoidized intelligence will be the need for more categorizing spaces to quarter in findable fashion the increased repertory of things we understand how to re-use.

    Besides, you’ll enjoy showing off your Spanish when giving instructions to workers. Don’t let sabetesque fear of big monopolists scare you into punishing employment actions ma and pa neighborhood persons like you and me can take.

  17. PS. And the shelving, and other small carpentry and tool-handles and walksticks and toys etc. to be made out of harvested deadwood nobody wanted except to burn (yuk) and plentiful pallet, crate and other scrap lumber salvageable in cities. You’ll enjoy teaching workers how to use a table saw, handcirclesaw, sanders etc., collect wood dust for composting use, gather small-roundwood material outdoors with anvil pruner, ratchet pruner, handsaw and hatchet.

  18. @mexweed. Same track, different page. Just pointing out the illogic of extremes. I’m a newbie to this blog and my threads do stray from time to time. I don’t mind being reined in. Peace.

  19. @ $10 lid,

    I too remember the days of buying a lid for $10. I still recall, sometime in the ’70s, driving around with some buddies and picking up a hitchhiker. He asked us if we wanted to score. We said, sure. He pulled out the lid and said, “$15.”

    We declined his offer and shortly dropped him off. Afterwards, everyone in the car called him a ripoff artist. We couldn’t know then that $15 would be the standard price in a year or two, and then $20, then $25 and so forth. The black marketeers, apparently, were already beginning to show the signs of greed.

    I do agree with your suggestion, btw, that those who hire illegals should also pay a debt to society. Many of them have gotten off scott free for too long, have shown themselves to be absolute bloodsuckers in the way they treat and exploit illegals.

  20. @ Evening Bud,

    OK, swat proven bloodsuckers (ouch), but if you have the money preferentially hire an undocumented (or maldocumented) person (thus solving his/her bureaucrat crisis), assign him or her to do ethicly upright pro-reforestation work, pay a fair hourly $10, $15, $20 and so forth as PERFORMANCE quality arribacannabinizes.

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