Gallup: Majority of Americans back pot legalization

This is, I think, one of the more dramatic reversals of public opinion of the past 30 years.

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As Gallup notes, this is the first year in which a majority of Americans polled say they support legalization of marijuana, and the clear trend line suggests that majority is likely to grow. The realities of life offer further reason to think that trend will continue. Support for legalization is lowest among those 65 and older, and highest among those ages 18-29.

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Not surprisingly, Southern Republican conservatives older than 65 are least likely to support legalization. But even among that subgroup, it looks as though roughly a third or more think marijuana should be legal. That’s roughly the same level of support that existed in the nation as a whole just a decade ago.

I’m at a loss to explain that sudden shift in sentiment, because I have no idea what outside force might be driving it. It is, you might say, a homegrown movement.

– Jay Bookman

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Jonathan

October 18th, 2011
11:06 pm

I will be voting for Governor Gary Johnson for President! End the wars, balance the budget, equal rights for LGBT and legalize marijuana! This guy is exactly what America needs! The People’s President.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:07 pm

kammy the poo,

Ive been making the same point repeatedly. Just because your mind cant seem to follow it doesnt mean the goal posts are moving. Try to keep up ma’am.

bman

October 18th, 2011
11:07 pm

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:07 pm

I get a 3.5 % raise.

Thanks President Obama.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:09 pm

Kam…. I have got it….Doom has already admitted it doesn’t matter what the real facts are, he just wants to demand violence as a proof of his manhood even if he lies about the real events. Not worth the energy. He’ll move the goal posts.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:11 pm

Aquagirl,

Well you didnt think it was funny but at least on re reading it you understood I wasnt serious in saying that Adam was actually that guy on TV up in NY. I’ll have to work on that c minus delivery I suppose..

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:13 pm

Thanks bman but I usually use three lines to keep it short and on point.

doomy used to post five paragraph to say nothing.

Long winded blow hard bs does not make you intelligent.

Kamchak

October 18th, 2011
11:16 pm

Ive been making the same point repeatedly.

I see.

I must needs spell it out for you.

Kamchak

October 18th, 2011
10:03 pm

So tough that when another poster said he would like to meet you in a parking lot you opted for the safety of a starbucks inside the mall.

Not intended to be a factual statement.

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bman

October 18th, 2011
11:16 pm

“Long winded blow hard bs does not make you intelligent.”

when I read that, only one name came to mind. Obama

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

October 18th, 2011
11:18 pm

moonbat betty, Rocks.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:18 pm

Sand flea,

Nope. I dont demand violence as a proof of my manhood. Those are your words. Not mine. If I wanted to demand violence to prove myself I would have invited you to a beatdown in moonbat bettys mattress room. I didnt do that though and Im not going to. So once again those are your words.

My only real point is that its cowardly for you to act like Mr. internet tough guy and invite the guy to oppose you in a starbucks in the middle of a packed mall. If you were the tough guy you were acting like you should have said hey meet me at so and so 3rd rate bar and if we still have an issue that cant be resolved over a beer in a small bar with a few people around to make sure no one is packing heat then you could then take your disagreement outside to the parking lot. Thats all.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

October 18th, 2011
11:19 pm

Have they found Obama’s teleprompter?

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:20 pm

Oh lawdy,

Kammy the poo is having a sequencing meltdown. Someone help him to the fainting couch.

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:20 pm

bman,

He started dumbing it down for you cons.

It is election time so many Americans are just starting to listen to him.

Stuff like the majority of Americans agree with his jobs bill but all the gop voted to block it.

Or ask obl if he was ready to be President.

Cold hard facts.

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:22 pm

del,

No but I think it was scout.

bman

October 18th, 2011
11:23 pm

getalife….

according to this, Americans are tired of listening to him.

http://www.gallup.com/video/150188/Election-Matters-Obama-Start-Worry.aspx

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

October 18th, 2011
11:23 pm

getalife,

I wouldn’t put it past him.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:23 pm

Recon,

Last I heard but havent seen confirmed yet is that the teleprompter was found in the hotel room of a drugged out woman who had overdosed. In other words one of his constituents had it.

moonbat betty

October 18th, 2011
11:24 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:25 pm

Doom, you might want to get your facts straight….. and sorry, I don’t use your childish manhood efforts to demand meeting in parking lots to settle conflicts of words. Real men don’t need that, child. I did not invite a meeting, I refused a drunken bar meeting and offered a sober public meeting spot as the demand was to prove I was not a minor. That was accepted with a bet. Haven’t you got any real facts or evidence instead of this childishness. Only a bully demands a meeting in a parking lot to “fight”. Grow up and move on. How silly of you to even bring this up.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:25 pm

tweedldee and tweedledum, melting down as if they were one.

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:28 pm

Moonbat does have good taste in music :)

My fighting days are over,

I just shoot like our kids today.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:29 pm

“I did not invite a meeting, I refused a drunken bar meeting and offered a sober public meeting spot”

In other words you backed out of what was going to be an imminent buttkicking in a bar parking lot out of fear. Otay. I think after this we are finally on the same page. Gotcha now. Now run along and help kammy up off the fainting couch. He’s having sequencing meltdowns.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

October 18th, 2011
11:30 pm

Thulsa Doom,

Oh I thought that maybe it was in the possession of the OWS crowd as a special gift to them from the Obummer. After all it was only taxpayer dollars that paid for it to begin with.

Kamchak

October 18th, 2011
11:30 pm

Haven’t you got any real facts or evidence instead of this childishness.

As of yet, he hasn’t gotten one detail right.

Odd seeing that he claimed to be there.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:30 pm

Doom lies again…. and then runs.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:30 pm

A man has got to know his limitations. Looks like sand flea knows his limitations.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:31 pm

Lied? Really? How? and then runs? Really? I’m still here.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:33 pm

what a waste of time…. and another reason to be banned for the child.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:34 pm

Kamchak

October 18th, 2011
11:30 pm

“Haven’t you got any real facts or evidence instead of this childishness.

As of yet, he hasn’t gotten one detail right”.

Somebody step in and help the young lady before she has yet another sequencing nightmare.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:35 pm

okay….. time to move on from the doom lies and childishness.

Cain is backing away from his negotiating with terrorists idea of earlier today. Bachmann has him on the run :lol:

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:36 pm

I am naming my next kid Poppy.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:36 pm

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:33 pm

what a waste of time…. and another reason to be banned for the child.

There ya have it. Typical leftist. When the play gets rough and he doesnt like what the other guy says he wants to quell his free speech and have his voice banned. Couldnt see that one coming could we? If you cant take the heat in the kitchen get on out.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:38 pm

Recon.

You may have missed it earlier but as a special ode to the OWS crowd Obama pooped on a cop car and urinated on the sidewalk in front of the white house. Its a lib thing you and I wouldnt understand.

bman

October 18th, 2011
11:38 pm

i think for anyone here to even consider meeting someone in a bar or a public spot to settle their differences should have their head examined. I thought Obama was some sort of great uniter??

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:39 pm

Doom, sorry free speech does not give you the right to lie or the right to pose whatever you want on this blog but then your weak on the Constitution aren’t you…..

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:41 pm

“I thought Obama was some sort of great uniter??”

The gop will not even talk to him.

They are jealous of his bus and limo.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:42 pm

Well it looks like sand flea had enough and said he is done wasting time so lets call taps for the night. I will be back in a couple of days to talk some real politics rather than getting bitten by sand fleas around the ankles.

Speaking of Cain what in the hell are all those RACIST tea party and Republicans doing voting for a black man. Bunch a dang racists they are! RACISTS!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:43 pm

getalife…. McCain is late on the bus issue…. but the same Canadian company made his campaign bus, the Bachmann bus, Bush and Cheney’s bus…. and of course its only the shell, the inside was done in TN… But cons dont follow facts or truth

Welcome to the occupation (Trotsky)

October 18th, 2011
11:44 pm

Ricky B: “Rich people and bankers are not bad or evil / They will have to pay more in taxes, but so will all of us”

Why does wanting to raise taxes on them mean that you think rich people are “bad” or “evil”?

And so you’re saying we should basically lay off taxing the rich because … why? … are you saying we in effect have no choice because there’s no way to enforce taxation on them without them simply shifting it off to us?

Don’t know about you, but I don’t like the idea that we have to in effect bribe them to do the right thing.

If that’s the case, why don’t we just start confiscating their money and call it what it is?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:45 pm

And with ignorance of free speech proven, he departs with a lie and a childish insult

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:46 pm

keep,

I thought mcbadloser could not get any more pathetic and then I watched him cry about the bus on the senate floor.

Childish like doomy.

They are horrible sore losers.

bman

October 18th, 2011
11:47 pm

Keep….but Obama has went out of his way during his cheerleading chats to convince us all that we (The U.S.) should lead in manufacturing. Watch his speech at G.M.

Thulsa Doom

October 18th, 2011
11:49 pm

Sand flea,

Seems like you spend half the night calling me a liar and everytime I ask you to post what specific, proveable lie I told you come back with nothing. Frankly I think you lie left and right, try to put in words that I never said, and distort everything. If the best you could do was saying that I was lying about Adam being the guy on TV with the trust fund than that is so pathetically weak that it aint even funny. You got nothing keep. Every night you go into a diatribe about me lying and yet you never can show a proveable lie. Never. You should just quit as your utter nonsense just makes you look like a typical whiney, crying, bed wetting librul. You ruin it for the other liberals that can actually argue the points and not get bogged down in personal attacks which is all you seem to do. Anyway, as you yourself stated we have wasted enough time on this. We’ll talk again and when we do I’ll destroy your political argument, you will descend into talking about speedos and zeus, and then you will want to play your childish game of ” you lied” because you got no ammo. Happens every time and to be honest you are tiresome. Amusing for awhile and then you bore me. And when you bore me you are then of no use to me. Good night sir.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:49 pm

getalife…yep.

bman, the secret service made the selection not Obama but yes, I know, no matter how wrong or what McCain and others do or have done, blame Obama

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:50 pm

I thought you cons love free trade deals.

We buy oil from Canada too.

Cue the outrage….

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:52 pm

Doom meltdown after whining about his free speech right to lie (not in the Consitution).

getalife

October 18th, 2011
11:54 pm

Keep,

They are regressing to child like behavior but you know that already reading doomy’s tantrums.

Jay will have to place the children in time outs.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 18th, 2011
11:58 pm

getalife…. let’s hope so. We need a blog cleanser.

Welcome to the occupation (Trotsky)

October 19th, 2011
12:00 am

Wait! What does Mark Effin Halprin have to say about who scored the most points in tonight’s debate?

Welcome to the occupation (Trotsky)

October 19th, 2011
12:12 am

The political and technocratic elite is scared absolutely sh$t-drips at the potential threat that they see represented by the Occupy Wall Street movement. They are desperate to see it shut down. Absolutely desperate.

I’m not just talking about the usual suspects here. The usual types of hitmen you’re predictably seeing coming out of the woodwork — the Dick Morrises and Brit Humes and Doug Schoens of the world. (I’m sure we’ll be treated to a smarmy little brief by Even Bayh soon enough.) I’m also talking about the other well-fed and supposedly “objective” doyens of the liberal establishment, the Anne Applebaums and Erin Burnetts.

At the end of the day, the result is always the same:

This is what a political and cultural elite that is truly scared looks like.

marko

October 19th, 2011
5:14 am

conservatives 34%. The small government crowd doesn’t seem to mind having the government kick down our doors to insure that we’re practicing correct sex, and not drinking or smoking things Jesus wouldn’t approve of. Of course they refuse to pay for these extremely necessary services.Then again if we would just cut taxes and deregulate the poor little oil companies we wouldn’t have homosexual pot smokers would we?

stands for decibels

October 19th, 2011
5:43 am

mornin’.

Workplaces already have rules about [...] alcohol while on the job

They do? Uh-oh…

Bud Wiser

October 19th, 2011
6:39 am

Yeah, you dopers on the left really want this legalization of pot thing… maybe it’ll help you daze your way through this next election WIPEOUT.

Just think of it; when all the homeless and jobless folks put out there by Obama and his administration’s policies gather on some stupid “occupy the port-a-potty” (please) mission, you can all pass the reefers and commiserate your situation.

Of course you will still not understand why you are where you are, but know for sure in your tiny little brains that if you wail loud enough, and vote democrat long enough, perhaps some weak kneed politician will toss you a handful of Katrina credit cards, try to give you some more free stuff (well, free to you, in hopes that you’ll shut the hell up.

Normal

October 19th, 2011
6:46 am

USinUK

October 19th, 2011
6:48 am

USinUK

October 19th, 2011
6:49 am

poor Bud doesn’t seem to realize that support for this issue is on the left AND the right …

but then reading comprehension never has been is strong suit …

Normal

October 19th, 2011
6:51 am

USinUK

October 19th, 2011
6:57 am

Normal – that skyscraper picture always gives me the shivers – that tops the list of jobs that I could NEVER have (unless they let me work on the first 3 floors only)

momma

October 19th, 2011
9:30 am

Do you nay-sayers have any clue at all? Do some research! I see all these comments, “What if we could turn hemp into fuel.” WELL, DUH!!!!! Henry Ford’s first vehicle ran on hemp fuel (bio-diesel)! I can’t believe in a world with all of this technology around us there as still so many people that are against cannabis! It is the most pathetic thing I have ever heard! The economy could completely turn around if they would legalize both industrial hemp and marijuana. Cannabis is a much safer alternative to alcohol for recreational purposes. The worst that will happen to you if you smoke too much weed is you go to sleep…you don’t go to sleep, puke and choke to death on your own vomit…you don’t go to sleep and die from alcohol poisoning…YOU JUST FREAKIN’ GO TO SLEEP! WAKE UP, AMERICA! YOU SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF MORONS! DO SOME RESEARCH!

http://www.saferchoice.org/content/view/24/53/

DonDig

October 19th, 2011
9:34 am

Cannabis is a medical miracle waiting to be fully utilized. It has been proven to kill cancer cells in lab tests without harming the healthy cells present. http://www.gsalternative.com/2010/05/cannabinoids-kill-cancer/

Dave Triplett (and others) have used cannabis oil (topically) to cure melanoma as he shows in this short movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tghUh4ubbg

Dennis Hill was diagnosed with prostate cancer and used cannabis oil (by ingestion) to cure himself. http://web.me.com/dbhill/cure/Home.html

Rick Simpson from Canada, who discovered the cannabis oil treatment, said he has seen hundreds of people over a period of six or seven years, and the results have been extremely favorable, including a number of stage 4 cancer patients. 70% of the stage 4 folks recovered, many of whom had been told by their doctors that there was nothing else to be done, and they should go home and get their affairs in order. The “Run From The Cure” movie is about him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0psJhQHk_GI

“What If Cannabis Killed Cancer?” http://www.marijuanamovie.org

Please sign one or more of the White House petitions regarding the cannabis prohibition, go to this link: https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petitions
Select the drop-down menu for ‘search’, (on the little gray banner), type in the word ‘cannabis’, and you can review and sign a number of petitions, (there are ten at the moment), and hopefully these can help put an end to this wasteful and harmful prohibition. President Obama could easily reschedule cannabis out of CSA schedule 1 by executive order.

The prohibition on cannabis has been far more costly than just the tax dollars and lives ruined by incarceration. People are dying for lack of a cancer cure, and one seems to be clearly within reach.

ConservativeChristian

October 19th, 2011
10:30 am

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.
If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let’s put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let’s let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.
You can email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml to discuss HR 2306, the bill that would repeal Federal prohibition.
And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

ConservativeChristian

October 19th, 2011
10:30 am

Here’s one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/2011/07/the-pot-republic-one-sheriffs-quietly-radical-experiment.html

Paulo977

October 19th, 2011
4:14 pm

tony clifton

October 20th, 2011
2:43 pm

“I would rather farmers plant that than turn good corn into fuel.

What if we could turn hemp into fuel. Getting our cars stoned with every fill up ?”
hemp oil was used as a cleaner burning feul oil and could also be used for autos,so if it doesn’t become legal in the nexy few years you know who is really running the country.

malcolm kyle

October 21st, 2011
1:31 pm

Due to the tyrannic and mindless actions of prohibitionists, tens of millions of people world-wide (both users and non-users) have been either killed, maimed, incarcerated or had their lives very seriously disrupted. Prohibitionists are solely responsible for an immense increase in violent organized crime, an AIDS Pandemic, the undermining of international development and security and a grave abuse of human rights on a scale barely witnessed in human social history.

Corporate greed and individual bigotry have accelerated us towards a situation where all the usual peaceful and democratic methods needed to reverse the acute damage done by prohibition no longer function as envisaged by the Founding Fathers of our once great and free nation. Such a political impasse coupled with great economic tribulation is precisely that which throughout history has invariably ignited violent revolution.

In order to avert what will surely be a far more violent situation than we are all presently experiencing, there appears to be just one last avenue left to us – Jury Nullification.

Jury Nullification is a constitutional doctrine that allows juries to acquit defendants who are technically guilty, but who don’t deserve punishment. All non-violent drug offenders who are not selling to children, be they users, dealers or importers, fall into this category. If you believe that prohibition is a dangerous and counter-productive policy, then you don’t have to help to apply it. Under the Constitution, when it comes to acquittals, you, the juror, have the last word!

The idea that jurors should judge the law, as well as the facts, is a proud and vital component of American history.

The most shining example of Jury Nullification occurred during the shameful period in US history when slavery was legal. People who helped slaves escape were committing a federal crime – violation of the Fugitive Slave Act. Jurors would often acquit, even when the defendants admitted their guilt. Legal historians credit these cases with advancing the abolition of slavery.

No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution? – When called for Jury Service concerning any non-violent prohibition-related offense, it is your moral and civic duty to VOTE TO ACQUIT!

“To function as the founders intended, our republic requires that “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
~ THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.

To avoid such carnage and turmoil on a scale not seen in this land since the 1860s, we may have just one last chance.

If you wish to see this insane prohibition replaced by drug policy based on science, public health and sound principles of human rights that will ensure a safe future for your children and grandchildren, PLEASE VOTE TO ACQUIT!