According to a recent poll conducted by NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), support for I-502 is leading the opposition 57% to 34%.
For those of you that don’t know, I-502 is an initiative that will be on the November ballot in the State of Washington that would essentially decriminalize marijuana in the State of Washington for personal use.
According to the Washington Secretary of State’s office:
”This measure would remove state-law prohibitions against producing, processing, and selling marijuana, subject to licensing and regulation by the liquor control board, allow limited possession…by persons aged 21 and over; and impose 25% excise taxes on wholesale and retail sales of marijuana, earmarking revenue for purposes that include substance-abuse prevention, research, education, and healthcare…”
In other words, legalize it, tax it, and consider the drug problem a medical one, not a criminal one.
The only real downfall with this poll is the source. Obviously people that are taking a poll organized by NORML are going to be biased.
I mean, it should come as absolutely no shock to you that I am 100% in favor of this initiative but when the poll comes from the largest organization that is pro-legalization, I have to face reality and consider the source. I would really love to see some results from a non-biased source.
Similar legislation, Initiative 692, was approved by the voters of Washington State in 1998 that permitted medicinal use of marijuana but still prohibited non-medical use. That measure passed 58.9% to 41.0% which is a good sign for I-502.
Interestingly enough, however, one of the supporters of this measure is tele-evangelist Pat Robertson ( Pat Robertson Says Marijuana Use Should Be Legal )
I really hope that Washington State approves this measure in November and hammers another nail in the coffin of the national war on drugs.