Election 2012

Most Washington Voters Still Support Marijuana Legalization


With two weeks to go until Election Day, recent polls indicate that Washington's I-502, which would legalize production and sale of marijuana for recreational use, is still favored by most voters, although its advantage may be shrinking. A SurveyUSA poll released last week put support at 55 percent, down from 57 percent in two polls by the same organization last month, with 36 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided. The results of a Strategies 360 poll released yesterday were similar: 54 percent yes, 38 percent no, and about 7 percent undecided. The least encouraging numbers come from a KCS9 Washington poll conducted in the first half of this month, which show 51 percent of registered voters supporting I-502 and 41 percent opposing it.

The most recent survey in Colorado shows that state's marijuana legalization measure, Amendment 64, falling short of a majority, with 48 percent in favor and 43 percent against. As it has all along, Oregon's legalization initiative, Measure 80, is drawing the least support: 36 percent in a SurveyUSA poll released last week, compared to 43 percent opposed and 21 percent undecided.

"Washington is emerging as the most likely state to be the first to legalize marijuana," The Seattles Times reports. "But even with a huge fundraising advantage and less organized opposition, Initiative 502 is far from a lock as voters begin casting ballots."

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  1. And most US Attorneys don’t.

    1. Your more calculating US Attorney is probably all in favor of this passing.

      What with all the commercial establishments being licensed, it’ll be like shooting fish in a barrel. Just the way prosecutors like it.

  2. “The government has no more right to tell me what I may put in my mouth than it has to tell me what may come out of it.”

    -Milton Friedman

  3. What will the governor do?

    1. The Governor gets to vote yes or no just like every other voter.

  4. Meanwhile,at CNN of all places, there’s this:

    Were we to treat athletes as mature adults capable of making informed decisions based on scientific information, we could permit the use of performance enhancing substances, monitor the results and make the whole process transparent.

    Oh, the humanity.

  5. People who actually make it their business to get to the polls generally don’t favor legalization.

  6. Oregon, I am dissapoint.

    1. Once you get off the coast it’s all rednecks.

      1. Rednecks that don’t like weed, or that make too much money growing it?

        1. Both. With a huge dollop of kultur war on top.

      2. Oregon coast is mostly unpopulated.

        Portland and Eugene are where the progressives are at.

        The Oregan coast has rednecks.

        Of course in the pacific northwest can they really be called rednecks?

        On the coast the english Dutch, Germans and Scandinavians probably dominate…not the Scots-irish.

        All the Okies moved into the heartland during the dust bowl…not many made it out to the coast.

        1. Yes. Rednecks are everywhere. They are the Norwegian Rat of humanity.

          And yes, I said “coast” when I should have said “left part of the state.”

          1. You Scots-Irish sugarFree?

            1. German-Irish. The fatter variety of white trash.

              But redneck is a behavior, not a race or an ethnicity.

              1. Actually it is pretty specific to poor white farmers of the south. Who were mostly Scotts-irish.

                The poor white farmers in the midwest were all Germans Scandinavians and dutch.

                During the dust bowl lots of Okies (poor white farmers) came to the pacific northwest. That is how we got our rednecks. In eastern Washington i sometimes see the stars and bars flying and wonder “WTF?” eastern oregon is the same way. Don’t ever see it on the coast….but i will often see a Norwegian flag.

                I don’t think non-southern poor white farmers are technically rednecks.

                Hicks maybe?

    2. Rural Oregon is filled with new deal farm subsidized democrats.

      In other words they are not social liberals.

      Between the law an order republicans and new deal democrats the Urban social liberals are out numbered.

      You should know that Oregon passed a defense of marriage initiative not so long ago.

      1. I was hoping it was a ‘three stooges disease’ state, where all the stupid somehow cancels and ends up libertarian-leaning. I guess that’s not a very sustainable way to liberty.

  7. Rural Oregon is filled with new deal farm subsidized democrats.

    Fuck any state that thinks you are too stupid to pump your own gas.

    1. Nothing to do with safety. The law was explicitly designed to protect jobs.

  8. This would have been an extremely interesting question at one of the debates: “The polls are showing that ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana are likely to pass in Washington and Colorado. How will you direct the DEA and the Department of Justice to respond to state-level legalization?”

  9. Paranoid old men keep
    marijuana illegal and
    make our children LESS safe.

    1. Actually it is moms, young and old, that are keeping marijuana illegal.

      You need to look at the polling data.

      What is odd is that is similar to alcohol prohibition in the 1920’s.

      Prohibition was wrapped up in lots of Women’s groups of the day.

  10. It’s about time you all read this:

    ISBN 9781902848204.

    Denial of cannabis by Prohibition ‘law’ premeditatedly inflicts suffering, blindness, and, in many instances, death. Those who maintain any use of life-saving cannabis to be “illegal” should be regarded and treated as perpetrators of the gravest of crimes, and deemed unfit to hold any public office in a democratic society.

    Die Verweigerung von Cannabis durch das Prohibitions-Gesetz verursacht vors?tzlich Leiden, Blindheit und fuehrt in vielen F?llen zum Tod. Diejenigen, die das Verbot der Verwendung von lebensrettenden Cannabis als “illegal” zu halten betrachten, sollten behandelt werden wie ein T?ter des schwersten Verbrechens und als ungeeignet angesehen werden ein ?ffentliches Amt in einer demokratischen Gesellschaft zu fuehren.

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