New Jersey Voters Don’t Think You Should be Punished for Possessing Pot

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 2:10 pm

As with the rest of the country attitudes towards marijuana policy are shifting rapidly in New Jersey. There is overwhelming support in the state for a full decriminalization of pot. According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll 65 percent of voters want to eliminate all penalties for the possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Brown Poll: Support for Pot Legalization in Rhode Island

By: Friday April 11, 2014 7:07 pm

Marijuana legalization has substantial support from young voters.

Solid Majority in New Hampshire Supports Marijuana Legalization

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 8:28 am

Even though efforts to legalize marijuana recently died in the New Hampshire state legislature, support for it continues to grow among the people in the state. A new WMUR Granite State Poll found found 55 percent of adults in the state support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use. Only 38 percent of adults oppose legalization.

New Jerseyans Overwhelmingly Say Pot is Safer than Tobacco or Alcohol, But Split on Legalization

By: Wednesday April 9, 2014 12:00 pm

The state of New Jersey is almost evenly divided on whether to legalize marijuana for personal use. According to a new Monmouth University poll, 48 percent of adults in the state think marijuana should be legalized for personal use while 47 percent oppose this change.

Pew Poll: Americans Have Turned Against Tactics and Logic of the Drug War

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 10:44 am

Overwhelmingly the country thinks we need to move from a law enforcement approach to a public health approach for dealing with illegal drugs. The poll found 67 percent think the government should be primarily focused providing treatment to people while just 26 percent think the government should mainly focus on prosecuting users.

Focusing on treatment has majority support among every age group, race, party affiliation, and education level. There is a realization we can’t arrest/jail our way out of the problem. This is not unfortunately how the federal government spends its money on drug policy.

Virginians Split on Pot Legalization

By: Monday March 31, 2014 10:19 am

Even in the South popular opinion on marijuana reform is moving in the right direction. Voters in Virginia are now basically evenly split on whether or not marijuana should be legalized.

According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 46 percent of Virginia voters support legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use while 48 percent oppose.

Marijuana Legalization On Track to Narrow Victory in Alaska

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 4:10 pm

It is likely that Alaska will legalize marijuana this summer. According to a new poll from the Alaska House Majority Caucus, a slim majority of voters support the legalization initiative that will be on the August 19th primary ballot.

Poll Confirms Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot Can Drive Turnout

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 8:16 am

According to a new George Washington Battleground poll, 69 percent of voters said a legalization ballot initiative would make them more likely to turn out to vote. Among this group 39 percent said it would make them much more likely while 30 percent said it would make them somewhat more likely to vote.

Another State Where Majority Supports Marijuana Legalization: Delaware

By: Tuesday March 25, 2014 12:09 pm

The list of states where a majority support marijuana legalization keeps growing at a rapid pace with Delaware becoming the latest addition.

Mere Proximity to Legal Pot Seems to Increase Support for Reform

By: Friday March 21, 2014 12:22 pm

The more people see and experience marijuana, the more supportive of legalization they tend to become. This is one of the strongest things going for the pro-reform movement and means that support may not just continue to steadily increase but may actually accelerate as it spreads.

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