Across U.S., A Slight Plurality Support Marijuana Legalization

Really interesting polling data from Rasmussen:

Americans are evenly divided over whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States, but most expect it to happen within the next decade.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults nationally shows 43% believe marijuana should be legalized. But 42% think it should remain an illegal drug. Another 15% are not sure.

That is a very, very slim win for marijuana legalization and, since it’s at the national scale, may be more representative of an urban-rural divide than people who’ve actually thought about the issue. The United States has been beset with decades of anti-drug propaganda that reinforced the notion of prohibition as a natural necessity to keep kids from becoming drug-addled dropouts.

The way to win over those who aren’t pot enthusiasts is to demonstrate that recreational drugs are something beyond the capacity of the state and which will only lead to bloated prisons, wrecked lives and a disturbing level of lethal police raids.

I suspect there’s quite a few people like that in Southern California, which needs to be converted if poll numbers are to be improved on Proposition 19 by November:

Voters are poised to reject a ballot measure to legalize adults’ recreational use of marijuana in California and another that would suspend the state’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction law, according to a Field Poll of to be released today.

The most high-profile measure on the ballot - Proposition 19, the marijuana initiative - is opposed by 48 percent of likely voters, while 44 percent support it. Eight percent are undecided, and it is winning only among Democrats, people in the Bay Area and young voters.
To those who still hang on to prohibition - I understand. I grew up in a conservative household and my parents would have raised hell if I became a druggie. Marijuana should not be promoted any more than pornography, gambling, drinking or other vices that plague mankind. It should be tolerated, however, because the costs of trying to play God in people’s personal lives outweighs the benefits of attempting the impossible.
Passage of Proposition 19 will bring us a step closer to an America in which incidents such as the June dog killing by police in Maryland don’t happen. What if that had been a wrong home? Is marijuana prohibition so critically important that we’re willing to risk having a lethal police force with the potential to kill any of us or our pets because they suspect of having marijuana?

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