Change.org: Marijuana Legalization Question Leads In Final Round Of Online Voting

San Francisco, CA: The legalization of cannabis for personal use is the lead issue in an online poll sponsored by the social networking website Change.org. Online voting in the poll will continue through Thursday, January 15, 2008.

According to the website: “The top 10 rated ideas [from the poll] … will be presented to the Obama administration on January 16th at an event at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. … At the event we will also announce the launch of a national advocacy campaign behind each idea in collaboration with our nonprofit partners to turn each idea into actual policy.”

Since launching its poll in December, marijuana legalization has outpolled almost every other question by a 2 to 1 margin.

Two additional drug law reform questions – one calling for the legalization of hemp for industrial purposes and another calling on the new administration to reevaluate the entire ‘war on drugs’ – also rank among the top 15 questions on the site.

In a separate poll sponsored last month by Change.gov, the official website of the office President-Elect Obama, a similar question asking the incoming administration to consider taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol was the top rated issue out of more than 7,300 questions posed by the public. In an ongoing Change.gov poll, a question calling for an end to marijuana possession arrests is polling fourth out of more than 20,000 questions.

Commenting on the popularity of the marijuana law reform questions NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “These online poll results illustrate two important points. One: there is a significant, vocal, and identifiable segment of our society that wants to see an end to America’s archaic and overly punitive marijuana laws. Two: the American public is ready and willing to engage in a serious and objective political debate regarding the merits of legalizing the use of cannabis by adults. The Obama administration should heed these poll results and understand that marijuana law reform is not a political liability; rather, it is a political opportunity.”

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. To log in to the Change.org website or to vote in their poll, please visit: Additional information is available online.