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Poll: War on marijuana not worth the cost

67 percent say no to the war on drugs; only 17 percent support it

The war on pot is a bust

Suffolk University Poll: 67% say pot enforcement costs more than it is worth

A Suffolk University’s poll taken June 24 included more than just questions about Markey and Gomez. There was also a question about the drug war, and specifically the war on marijuana..

This writer believes that once our not-so-brave politicians explain the war on drugs' true cost, the American people will scream for a cease-fire. We should then treat drugs as a health problem, not as a matter for the criminal justice system.

Even Thomas Jefferson said, “‎Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”  And Conservative William F. Buckley said, "Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could."

The Suffock Poll results

Respondents in the Suffock University poll were asked the following question:

Do you agree or disagree that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth?

The response was decisive:

  • 67% said Yes,
  • 17% said No, with
  • 17% undecided.

This puts Massachusetts in line with national opinion. A poll by the Huffington Post this past January also asked whether the war on drugs had been worth the cost, with only 19% of respondents saying it was worth it and 53% saying it was not.

Respondents rejected the war on marijuana more vigorously than they supported Elizabeth Warren (53%), intended to vote for Ed Markey (21%), or approved of Barack Obama’s performance as president (47%), more evidence that it’s time for politicians to listen as more and more American citizens Just Say No to the war on drugs.

Take our online poll:
Do you agree or disagree that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth?

Details of the poll can be found here.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition, a chapter of NORML, the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, is a nonprofit educational group aiming to make marijuana legal for adult recreational use in Massachusetts.

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