YES! - 16 states have already approved medical marijuana laws. It's time for a common sense drug policy – legalize marijuana!
31%
NO! - Big Pharma, private prisons, etc, will never allow it because they would loose of a lot money if the "War on Drugs" ended.
69%

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Barbazza 4 years 15 weeks ago

im surprised by the negative outlook of the results of this survey. im not sure how many responders this survey has had, but 60% saying they don't think that it will ever become legal is a travesty. come on guys! have a little faith!! MJ was legal for centuries before the 20th century and progress is being made every year on this issue. and if we can't even legalize weed because of lobbyists, then we will never get anything done. this is the least of our problems.

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R.A. Stewart 4 years 14 weeks ago

Believe me, I'd like to be able to have a little faith. But the "No" response contains part of the reason why, realistically, I had to go with that one. To Big Pharma and the prison industry, add many police departments that have been systemically corrupted by the ability to confiscate property (not to mention some indiviual officers who develop their own private shakedowns) and rural communities for whom the local prison has become the main employer.

One more aspect we need to be aware of. If you haven't seen it, I urge anyone interested in this issue--well, I'll expand that, I'd urge anyone--to read Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander argues cogently that the harsh legal sanctions of the past 30+ years against marijuana and other drugs have their origins as a strategy of political control, and function to keep racial minorities marginalized and disenfranchised.

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R.A. Stewart 4 years 14 weeks ago

One other point: Seldom are governments, even the more benign, eager to relinquish powers once conferred. (This is one of the truths we should be grateful to real conservatives for insisting on.) And specific to this discussion, a surveillance state once established is not easily dismantled.

The So-Called War on Drugs (SCWOD) has enabled governments at all levels, federal to local, to nullify the 4th Amendment without the long, uncertain process of a new amendment; with no effective political opposition or audible public outcry; with no objection in the corporate media; and with little effort beyond a few easily won court cases. The So-Called War on Terror (SCWOT) has of course advanced that cause enormously, but had the advantage of a foundation decades in the building. And of course corporations have been quick to seize on the fact that "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures" effectively no longer exists.

Up to 74% of Americans (going with the poll Thom cites), including growing numbers of conservatives and law-enforcement personnel, and even some legislators, realize that the SCWOD has been a disastrous failure in terms of its ostensible goals. If those were its real goals, it would have been deep-sixed years ago. But its real goals are different. Those, it has served and continues to serve with great success, and consequently, it will never end.

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