Seventeen states already have medical marijuana laws on the books, but now Colorado, Oregon and Washington want to expand that to recreational use. Massachusetts and two other states are voting on medical marijuana this November. If the measure passes in any of those states, it could serve as a bellwether, helping expand the already de-facto nullification of federal laws on pot.
Recent polling data released by the Boston Globe has Massachusetts’ Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3, winning by a landslide.
A survey of 502 likely Massachusetts voters, conducted between September 21 and September 27, has support for Question 3 at 69%, with just 22% opposed and 9% undecided. Every single demographic has majority support for the ballot question, with the lowest being Republicans at 51% and the highest being Democrats at 78%.
In Massachusetts, even medical pot, which is considered a “liberal” issue by many, has had a hard time getting approval because Eastern states have a tendency to defer to federal laws – and rarely defy them on a state level. That is, what some experts believe, a sign of a tipping point which could lead to many other states doing the same – and rendering federal laws null and void without Congressional repeal.
Take note presidential candidates, self identified Obama supporters back the initiative by 76% and Romney supporters by 51%. The people are ready for legalized access to medical cannabis, why aren’t you?
Read more information on the poll here.