More Than Half of Arizonans Want to Legalize Marijuana, Latest Poll Says

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A little more than half of Arizonans are in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to the latest poll on the subject.

The Behavior Research Center's Rocky Mountain Poll asked more than 700 Arizona residents whether they believe the sale of marijuana should be made legal. Fifty-one percent were in favor, and 41 percent were opposed.

The result is pretty similar to a national survey asking the same question. CNN/ORC released a national poll last month revealing 54 percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legal to sell, and 45 percent were opposed.

"Arizona appears a little less enthusiastic about legalizing the sale of marijuana (compared to national polls), yet a majority here are already in favor," the BRC poll reads.

The BRC poll found that those under age 55 were more likely to be supportive of legalization, as were Independents, Democrats, and men. Caucasians were slightly more likely to be in favor than Hispanics, but both were much more supportive than other ethnic minorities.

BRC polls generally have found that more Arizonans than not are in favor of legalizing marijuana, although there are slight difference in the numbers. A poll last May showed 56 percent of Arizonans favored "legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use," while 37 percent were opposed, which is a slightly wider margin than those questioned on legalizing sales.

The most recent Arizona poll on marijuana legalization before this one also found people to be split on the issue: 51 percent of their poll respondents opposed legalizing marijuana, with 43 percent in favor of it.

Either way, those in favor of marijuana legalization have grown substantially in the past several decades. According to the BRC, a Harris poll in 1974 showed that 23 percent of Americans favored marijuana legalization, but 70 percent were opposed.

The full results are available here.

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DNichols
DNichols

If you Pot smokers can make it to a polling booth please don't just vote to legalize Pot, also vote to remove Maricopa County's Pot Belly Pig?!

You can out vote the Viagra crowd.

Get out and Vote!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

If that statistic were true, then it would already be LEGALIZED via Citizen's ballot initiative.


If more than 50% want to LEGALIZE, why is SAFER AZ proposing some bullshit pseudo-legalization initiative that leaves FELONY and other CRIMINAL marijuana statutes in force against the peaceful pot users, growers and dealers?


REGULATION = a Continuation of Criminal Prohibition, with massive Taxes and New Laws added for fun.



NWEng
NWEng

It only makes sense, the generation that demonized it is fading away and is being replaced by those who grew up with it and have a different view.

Paula Russell
Paula Russell

ummm you have more serious issues to deal with... umm.. smoke a joint..relax..{breathe}

Paula Russell
Paula Russell

yes!!!and vote in folks that will do good with tax revenue!!! waiting to see what Co. & Wa. does with their funds!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

That is funny Free... Thinking! New Times and Westword have been denying my freedom of speech for decades now. Gotta love bigotry, hypocrisy that perpetuates oppression of the marijuana community. This has helped to perpetuate the continued second class citizenship of a medically disadvantaged marijuana community. Making U.S. second class citizens to even illegal immigrants.

Athena Tyrrell
Athena Tyrrell

that is because most people are from California. lol! why not give it back to Arizonans? we really didn't care about pot anyways.

Mark Green
Mark Green

Absolutely needs to be legalized in every form!

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

Way safer than the fix needed from being a slave to ideology..

squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay Hmmm, I guess you learn something new everyday. Who woulda thunk that alcohol is still illegal and that prohibition was never repealed? And all those cigarette smokers I see smoking regulated cigarettes are, in actuality, criminals? Noooooooooooooooooo! I think I get it though - we need to prohibit and make everything completely ILLEGAL. Only then will everything be fully LEGAL. But wait, if regulation is just a continuation of the illegality and prohibition of something and criminalization and prohibition actually make things legal, wouldn't that mean that regulation is good? So prohibition is good, but bad, but good, but bad? And regulation is bad, but good, but bad, but good? Man, donkey! You got me running 'round in circles over here. I probably shouldn't have smoked fourteen joints and taken a couple of huge bong rips earlier. I feel like a stupid stoner :/.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@squash <== too ignorant to learn for the mistakes of massive Government REGULATION -- restriction, taxation and control -- of Alcohol and Tobacco.


How's that DUI CRIMINAL - INDUSTRIAL - Treatment - Jail complex treating you?


If you puerile pot punks are going to "legalize" it, and you claim to have 50%+ supporting LEGALIZATION ... then fucking LEGALIZE IT and stop with the self-defeating pathetic half-measures.



squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay Cool, if you can find an id with the name squash on it that would be great.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@squash


Grow a brain ... go to Google images and type in "government issued id"


.. and put down the bong long enough to google some of those names posted above.



squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay And I know how much FB sucks first hand. They asked me for government issued identification to register an account. That's why it sucks.

squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay Holy shit, that's a big list of names you compiled. Why they gotta hate on Salman?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@squash  ... or


Krishna Pandit Bhanji

Demetria Guynes

Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra

Allen Konigsberg

Joaquin Rafael Bottom

Cornelius Crane Chase

Alphonso d’Abruzzo

Amanda Lee Rogers

Maurice Micklewhite

Lawrence Harvey Zeigler

Georgios Panayiotou

Caryn Johnson

Terry Jean Bollette

Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr.

Lucille LeSueur

Declan Patrick McManus

Issur Danielovitch Demsky

Tara Patrick

Frances Gumm

Truman Streckfus Persons

Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong

Cassandra Peterson

Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez

Love Michelle Harrison

Frederick Austerlitz

Peter Gene Hernandez

Ilyena Lydia Vasilievna Mironov

Eileen Regina Edwards

Howard Allen O’Brien

Clare Woodgate

Steveland Judkins

Pauline Ester Friedman

Desiderio Albert Arnaz y De Acha III

Archibald Alexander Leach

Norma Jean Mortensen

Ehrich Weiss


and let's not forget  Chaim Witz


squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay @squash It was enough to piss off Salman Rushdie lol

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@squash ... well, that certainly stopped MILLIONS of fictitious names ... not!



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@squash 


1) Failbook is for fools


2) your "real identity" is whatever you tell them.



squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay I'll take that as a no. You should though. You can debate to your heart's content AND stay anonymous, unlike shitty ass Facebook which requires your real identity. You should try it out. You might like it.

squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay Like I said, I shouldn't have taken those huge bong rips earlier. My bad, yo.

squash
squash

@DonkeyHotay Damn, you comment fast. I wasn't even done editing my post before you responded. Chill out, dude. Smoke a fatty.

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