Most Americans Want the Federal Government to Stay Out of State Marijuana Rulings
A large majority of Americans believe the United States government should stop harassing medical marijuana operations in states that have legalized such sales.
In a new Gallup survey, 64% of respondents said the federal government should cease enforcement of federal anti-marijuana laws in states where medical marijuana is legal.
Among those who say marijuana should be legal for recreational use, 87% agreed that the feds should butt out of legal medical marijuana efforts. And even 43% who oppose legalizing recreational marijuana feel state medical marijuana clinics should operate without harassment from federal law enforcement.
The same Gallup poll found that support for full legalization of marijuana continues to grow among Americans. In 1969 when Gallup first asked about legalizing pot, only 12% supported the idea. That percentage expanded to about a third of the population by 2005, and now it’s up to 48%, with 60% of those aged 18 to 29 favoring legalization.
To Learn More:
Americans Want Federal Gov't Out of State Marijuana Laws (by Frank Newport, Gallup)
Marijuana Policy Project: New Polling ‘Makes It Clear’ Americans Want Feds to Let States Decide Pot Policy (by Stephen C. Webster, Raw Story)
Washington and Colorado Brace for Clash with Obama Justice Dept. over Legal Marijuana (by Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)
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