Colorado Set To Legalize Marijuana PPP Survey Says

Nov 6, 2012

With just hours before polling places open for Elec­tion Day, advo­cates for the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana in Col­orado got some good news from Pub­lic Pol­icy Polling about the pop­u­lar­ity of Amend­ment 64, a bal­lot mea­sure which seeks to reg­u­late mar­i­juana like alco­hol, on Mon­day. Accord­ing to PPP, 52 per­cent of vot­ers sup­port Amend­ment 64 while only 44 per­cent are opposed to the mea­sure leav­ing the state “set to legal­ize mar­i­juana tomor­row,” PPP’s Tom Jensen writes about the results of their lat­est sur­vey. PPP also found that of the 1,096 likely Col­orado vot­ers, 56 per­cent favored the legal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana in gen­eral, while only 39 per­cent said the drug should remain ille­gal. This is the high­est per­cent­age of sup­port that PPP has found since they began sur­vey­ing the issue of mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion. Back in Sep­tem­ber, PPP found 47 per­cent in favor of A64 and 38 per­cent against with 49 per­cent in favor of mar­i­juana being legal, in gen­eral. The high­est sup­port ever polled was from a June Ras­mussen sur­vey of 500 likely Col­orado vot­ers which showed 61 per­cent were in favor of legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana if it is reg­u­lated the way that alco­hol and cig­a­rettes are cur­rently reg­u­lated. Vot­ers in Col­orado, Ore­gon and Wash­ing­ton are all con­sid­er­ing mea­sures that would effec­tively end mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion in their respec­tive states. Mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion has become an issue that defies the stereo­types of party lines, gar­ner­ing the sup­port of key pro­gres­sives and con­ser­v­a­tives in Col­orado, Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon. And although all three states have pot ini­tia­tives on their bal­lots, Col­orado and Washington’s pot bal­lot mea­sures appear to be quite pop­u­lar with vot­ers, accord­ing to recent polling. If mar­i­juana is legal­ized in Col­orado under Amend­ment 64 it would be taxed and reg­u­lated sim­i­lar to alco­hol and tobacco. It would give state and local gov­ern­ments the abil­ity to con­trol and tax the sale of small amounts of mar­i­juana to adults age 21 and older. Accord­ing to the Asso­ci­ated Press, ana­lysts project that that tax rev­enue could gen­er­ate some­where between $5 mil­lion and $22 mil­lion a year in the state. An econ­o­mist whose study was funded by a pro-pot group projects as much as a $60 mil­lion boost by 2017. How­ever, the big unknown still is if the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would allow a reg­u­lated mar­i­juana mar­ket to take shape. Attor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder, who was a vocal oppo­nent of California’s legal­iza­tion ini­tia­tive in 2010 say­ing he would “vig­or­ously enforce” fed­eral mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion, has con­tin­ued to remain silent on the issue this year. In Sep­tem­ber, Holder was urged by by nine for­mer heads of the U.S. Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion to take a stand against mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion again. “To con­tinue to remain silent con­veys to the Amer­i­can pub­lic and the global com­mu­nity a tacit accep­tance of these dan­ger­ous ini­tia­tives,” the nine said in the let­ter to holder obtained by Reuters. Ear­lier this month those same DEA drug war­riors joined by for­mer direc­tors of the Office of National Drug Con­trol Pol­icy on a tele­con­fer­ence call to put addi­tional pres­sure on Holder to speak out against Colorado’s mar­i­juana mea­sure as well as sim­i­lar ini­tia­tives on the bal­lot in Wash­ing­ton state and Ore­gon. The drug war­riors say that states that legal­ize mar­i­juana for recre­ational use will trig­ger a “Con­sti­tu­tional show­down” with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. In a report pub­lished Sun­day by NBC News, Pres­i­dent Obama’s for­mer senior drug pol­icy advi­sor said that if the mar­i­juana ini­tia­tives pass, a war will be incited between the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the states that pass them. “Once these sates actu­ally try to imple­ment these laws, we will sen an effort by the feds to shut it down,” Sabet said. But pro­po­nents of the leg­is­la­tion say they don’t fore­see fed­eral agents inter­fer­ing in states that have legal­ized cannabis, cit­ing the fed­eral government’s silence on the issue this elec­tion cycle. With Elec­tion Day less than 24 hours away, the DOJ has yet to for­mally announce its enforce­ment inten­tions regard­ing the bal­lot mea­sures that, if passed, could end mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion in each state. The clear­est state­ment from the DOJ came from Deputy Attor­ney Gen­eral James Cole, who said his office’s stance on the issue would be “the same as it’s always been.” Dur­ing a recent appear­ance on “60 Min­utes” Cole elab­o­rated, “We’re going to take a look at whether or not there are dan­gers to the com­mu­nity from the sale of mar­i­juana and we’re going to go after those dan­gers,” Reuters reported. Source: Huff­in­g­ton Post (NY) Author: Matt Ferner Pub­lished: Novem­ber 5, 2012 Copy­right: 2012 Huff​in​g​ton​Post​.com, LLC Con­tact: scoop@​huffingtonpost.​com Web­site: http://​www​.huff​in​g​ton​post​.com/

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