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New Poll Shows Majority Of Arizonans Support Ending Marijuana Prohibition


regulate marijuana like alcohol arizona 2016PHOENIX — An independent poll released Wednesday shows a majority of Arizona residents support ending marijuana prohibition.

The Behavior Research Center’s latest Rocky Mountain Poll found 53% of Arizonans support making possession of a small amount of marijuana legal for personal use. Just 39% are opposed. Support outpaced opposition in all three of the geographical areas that were surveyed: 53-38 in Maricopa County; 47-43 in Pima County; and 58-38 in Rural Arizona. The survey of 701 Arizonans was conducted from April 29-May 15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%.

“Arizonans are fed up with the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said J.P. Holyoak, chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is supporting a statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. “They do not think adults should be punished just for consuming a substance that is objectively less harmful than alcohol. It’s time for a more sensible approach, and that’s what our initiative proposes.”

The campaign has collected more than 15,000 signatures since launching its petition drive three weeks ago. It must gather more than 150,000 valid signatures of registered Arizona voters to qualify the initiative for the November 2016 ballot.

“The poll reflects what we’re finding out on the street while collecting signatures,” Holyoak said. “We’re finding that most voters agree it’s time for a more sensible marijuana policy in Arizona. Even those folks who are still on the fence seem to agree that our current prohibition laws aren’t working.”

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The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is supporting a statewide ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. For more information, visit http://www.RegulateMarijuanaInArizona.org.


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  1. Our own government shut down the first cancer study using cannabis in the US in 1974. A medical school in Virginia first reported that cannabis shrinks tumors. We had to wait for Dr Manuel Guzman in Spain to perform a similar study in 2001. The actions of the federal government effectively blocked further research and actively attempted to keep the American people ignorant about cannabis’ potential to heal cancer for more than 25 years. In typical government fashion they told us that this was done for our own safety! Just recently, the National Cancer Institute (another government agency) reported:

    “Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.” …The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.”

    Again, the drug warriors didn’t like the message that this sent to kids and requested that they change their statement… Legalize and regulate in 2016. Promote removal of marijuana from the outdated scheduling system that prevents this incredible natural herbal medicine from being studied and used by all who could benefit.


  2. Prop 19 lost only due to the fact that each group involved decided that “their way” was the “only way”, ignoring the old adage “United We Stand, Divided we fall”.
    Hopefully, they’ve learned their lesson!

  3. The poll means nothing. Prop 19 in California was winning by double digits a month before the election and it lost.

  4. AntiIgnorant on

    Cannabis is far safer than alcohol in every way… Just legalize it already. Let’s work to dissolve the DEA as they spend billions of taxpayer dollars annually and do nothing useful. End the war on our citizens. Police people’s actions… not their vices. Next thing you know they’ll create a cheeseburger taskforce to save the obese from themselves and start jailing them for having too many cheeseburgers in their cars, then search and seize all their assets. Sound foolish? Yes, it does also for cannabis. DEA = Domestic terror.

  5. Typically a measure has to be about 3% over the margin of error to insure passage. That would mean a poll conducted similarly with 57% support.

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