Poll: Most Arizona Voters Support Medical-Marijuana Act; 59 Percent Would Legalize Pot

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Arizona voters support the state's 2010 Medical Marijuana Act in record numbers, and would also vote to legalize marijuana, a new poll by the National Cannabis Industry Association shows.

An increased number of Arizona voters support the 2010 Medical Marijuana Act, and most would vote to end marijuana prohibition, a new poll shows.

The poll of 600 Arizonan residents was conducted on January 9 and 10 by Public Policy Polling on behalf of the National Cannabis Industry Association.

The number 59 keeps coming up in the poll. That's the percentage of Arizonans who either strongly support, or just plain support:

* The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

* Ending prohibition and making marijuana legal for adults to use.

* A hypothetical future ballot proposition in Arizona that would aim to regulate marijuana like alcohol, making it legal for those 21 and over to use and buy in government-regulated shops.

See also: Prop 203 Appears to Have Won; Remaining Ballots Unlikely to Reverse Trend

See also: Medical Marijuana Is Under Attack in Arizona Again -- But This Time, Voters and Patients Hold the High Ground


Click here to see the whole poll.

The nearly 60 percent of Arizona voters supporting the law and overall legalization represent a growing trend in the country toward the elimination of pot prohibition laws. In November, Colorado and Washington voters approved regulating marijuana like alcohol.

In the election of 2010, more than 841,000 Arizona voters said "yes" to Proposition 203, but nearly as many as said "no." The initiative passed by 4,341 votes.

The poll shows that support for the 2010 law has apparently increased, despite criticism of the medical-marijuana program by opponents.

The marijuana debate is still polarizing, with most respondents said they "strongly" supported or opposed the ideas.

Republicans, it won't surprise you, oppose Arizona's 2010 law more than Democrats. Forty-eight percent of Republicans "strongly oppose" the law, while 6 percent say they oppose it, but not strongly.

Independents support the law and marijuana legalization in high numbers.

The poll would seem to rob momentum from a plan by State Representative John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, to get a referendum passed that would ask voters to repeal the law in a 2014 ballot initiative.

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And it shows that attacks on Arizona's voter-approved law by Republican leaders including Governor Jan Brewer, state Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery actually run counter to what most voters want.

"The momentum is clearly on our side," says Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. "But it's not really surprising. We've had this law on the books for two years, and the sky certainly hasn't fallen. We've seen teen use actually on the decline in Arizona."

Smith says a ballot initiative for full-blown legalization in Arizona could be offered in the future. For now, the focus of his group -- which lobbies on behalf of members -- is making sure the Arizona program gets up and running as voters intended. He believes public support will grow even further, and that "any move to undo the medical-marijuana law is actually serving the interests of the drug cartels south of the border."

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jose257
jose257 topcommenter

Who cares how many people support marijuana one way or the other?  The U.S. Constitution is supposed to protect the minority, and clearly it has failed.

If the feds want marijuana to be illegal, they can do it properly with a constitutional amendment like they did for alcohol. It's time to send a message to Congress that they overstepped their authority under the Constitution to wage a war on marijuana.

jammerk65
jammerk65

tucsonmedicalmarijuana.org...join us today!

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

"In the election of 2010, more than 841,000 Arizona voters said "yes" to Proposition 203, but nearly as many as said "no." The initiative passed by 4,341 votes."

In 2010 the so-called "Tea Party" was on a roll. That fueled the election in this state. We still beat the prohibitionists. That's because we got support from a lot of Republicans and Libertarians. Now, they're sinking to new lows in popularity. We'll kick their collective butts this time if they push their agenda.

tromulus
tromulus

I think these prohibitionist politicians are digging themselves in a deep hole real fast.  We don't support your outdated, emotional, uneducated, unscientific, nonsensical ranting on Cannabis.  Sorry but your days of being in the majority by spewing the reefer madness is over and hopefully your careers as politicians will be over soon as well.

Would like to see the kind of law that Colorado approved here, as well as the rest of the country.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

It will never happen even though it's long overdue. The pharmaceutical companies stand to lose billions. The Cartels lose their number one cash flow. And prisons will close from the lack of pot convicts. The government would have to admit they lost "the war on drugs". It's a nice thought but we do live in reality.

Tara Almond
Tara Almond

We did in Washington already! Maybe it's time for a little cannabis tourism, eh?

eeniemeenie
eeniemeenie

"This new marijuana majority has the momentum, the votes and the moral high ground; if you support prohibition you are showing your age and your lack of medical science knowledge and you shouldn't be in office making decisions that affect young people 18-34 who are the new face of America."

Politics in general lack what is needed most...compassion.

STOP spending your money at businesses and eating establishments who do not support regulating MMJ.

STOP VOTING for politicians who have little regard for our individual rights and continue their self serving hysterical propaganda, all the while cutting spending to much needed entities such as CPS and education.

I am more scared of the effects of child abuse and pedophiles on children..than I am on MMJ.

fireserphent
fireserphent

I hate this stupid 21+ thing. When (not if) we legalize marijuana, we need to regulate it much smarter than we've regulated alcohol. Let an 18 year old smoke if he wants to (he will anyway) and that will eliminate unnecessary police intervention like when cops bust up frat parties for drinking underage.

dkessler4
dkessler4

@Joe Kennedy It worked in Colorado and Washington.  Before the next election both of those states will show the rest of us that none of the doomsday scenarios predicted by the prohibitionists were accurate.  This time the people need to win one rather than to continue to support the special interests that you mention.  It never ceases to amaze me how we rarely learn from our past mistakes and how the prohibitionists continue to try to convince us that this time it will be different.  Einstein was right when he told us that one form of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting different results.  

dkessler4
dkessler4

@fireserphent Anyone who is old enough to join the service and defend our country should be allowed to use this incredible medicinal plant to treat the PTSD that they are likely to bring home after serving in an active war.  Soldiers in Israel are already allowed to use it to treat PTSD.  But then, they are much further advanced than we are here.

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