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Legal Marijuana: Pa. Voters Say No

A new poll shows that Pennsylvanians are still against legalizing marijuana, but not as much as they used to be.

Pennsylvanians don’t want marijuana legalized, but they favor letting adults use it for medical purposes, that’s according to the latest Franklin & Marshall College Poll.

Poll Results

The poll found that 55 percent of respondents said no to making marijuana legal, but that is down from a 2010 study, where 60 percent said no and a 2006 study where 72 percent said no.

Of those polled, 36 said yes, they support legalizing marijuana, which is up from 33 percent in 2010 and 22 percent in 2006.

When it comes to using marijuana for medical purposes, as recommended by a doctor, 51 percent of those polled strongly favored it, and 31 percent somewhat favored it. On the other side, 13 percent strongly opposed and 3 percent somewhat opposed. The results were not very different from the 2010 and 2006 results.

The Franklin & Marshall College Poll interviewed 622 Pennsylvania voters between January 29 and February 3. The margin of error is reported as plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.

What About Lawmakers?

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) released a statement saying he will introduce a bill this session to legalize marijuana.

“In addition to raising millions of dollars per year from tax revenue, Pennsylvania would save more than $325 million per year by legalizing marijuana. The most conservative estimates say the revenue generated by taxing the sales of marijuana would amount to at least $24 million per year. Legalizing marijuana and taxing its sale could provide a multi-million dollar reoccurring revenue source that our state could tap into for years to come,” Leach said in a release.

Leach said under his bill, marijuana would be treated and regulated similar to alcohol.

What Do You Think?

Do you think marijuana should be legalized? What about for medical purposes? Share your opinions in the comments area below.

Stel February 20, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Charlie Sheen is what happens when you abuse hard drugs like cocaine and alcohol. Yes, I said alcohol. If you think that marijuana is in this class of drugs you are yet another victim of the primarily government propaganda that plagued us throughout the "drug war". Yes anything can be abused, even pot in a tiny minority of users. But that abuser will be FAR better off than abuser of alcohol, cocaine, or nicotine. Due to marijuana prohibition, self-righteous lawmakers have caused the deaths of countless people involved on all sides of the "war", including law enforcement and bystanders, they have wasted 100's of billions of our dollars, invaded our civil liberties, helped fuel tremendous multinational criminal networks, and have generated a public mistrust and disdain for our legal system. Don't be fooled, the overwhelming majority of problems associated with marijuana are a result of it's prohibition, just as it was with alcohol prohibition. Marijuana prohibition is truly a case of the "cure" being worse than the "disease". Marijuana must be legalized, taxed and regulated similar to alcohol before more damage is done. Let's end marijuana prohibition now.
Stel February 20, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Trump argued in 1990 that the only way to win the War on Drugs was to legalize drugs and use the tax revenue to fund drug education programs. As he put it, "You have to take the profit away from these drug czars." btw, here are some famous pot smokers: Sir Richard Branson (his net worth is far greater than Trump's) Bill Gates Steve Jobs Barack Obama Tim Lincecum Michael Phelps Carl Sagan Rick Steves Woody Harrelson Ted Turner Montel Williams Arnold Schwarzenegger Stephen King Michael Bloomberg Joan Rivers
Stel February 20, 2013 at 01:57 PM
The researchers noted they had some concerns of bias: "Generally speaking, two sources of error concern researchers most. Non-response bias is created when selected participants either choose not to participate in the survey or are unavailable for interviewing. Response errors are the product of the question and answer process. Surveys that rely on self reported behaviors and attitudes are susceptible to biases related to the way respondents process and respond to survey questions." I would like to add that this college is based in Lancaster, PA and surveys were conducted in person by interview. For one, people are less likely to admit in person support of something that many still consider taboo. Also, it does not mention where these people were from. I assume they are mostly from the local rural area which does not represent fair sample of the PA public. Conduct the same poll in Philadelphia and I bet you will find the majority support legalization.
Stel February 20, 2013 at 02:07 PM
The prohibition of marijuana and everything it encompasses is FAR more detrimental to society than marijuana itself could ever be. Due to marijuana prohibition, self-righteous lawmakers have caused the deaths of countless people involved on all sides of the "war", including law enforcement and bystanders, they have wasted 100's of billions of our dollars, invaded our civil liberties, helped fuel tremendous multinational criminal networks, and have generated a public mistrust and disdain for our legal system, all without any significant reduction in usage or availability. It is time to put an end to these senseless laws. Legalize and regulate it like alcohol. If enough states legalize we can also force the federal government to change their stance. Write your public officials and urge them to implement a sensible marijuana policy. For more info visit: MPP - The Marijuana Policy Project - http://www.mpp.org/ NORML - National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws - http://norml.org/ LEAP - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition - "Cops say legalize" - http://www.leap.cc/ Colorado's successful "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" campaign site - http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/
Duey February 25, 2013 at 05:32 AM
hahahah the worst thing that could happen is sheetz would run out of food
free your mind February 26, 2013 at 03:28 PM
You would save 300 million a year just by not putting people through the legal system because of a plan. 5x the fine penn state got for jerry sandusky. EVERY YEAR.
free your mind February 26, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Yea for Amerika! Land of the free! home of the piss test!
free your mind February 26, 2013 at 03:49 PM
100% correct
VICTORIA MILLER February 26, 2013 at 09:06 PM
high ? not stoned on perscription drugs. have you counted your pills in your medicine cabinet lately......
Thomas Jefferson February 26, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Jack, I thought you were a true conservative? Any real conservative would know that drugs are a victimless crime. Why would you want the government to tell you what you can and can't put into your body? It's pretty amazing that Republicans are on board with the War on Drugs, it is just as Big Government as the Welfare State. Come on conservatives, purge those liberal values from the GOP!! First of all, any controlled substance would be DECRIMINALIZED, not legalized. Just as with alcohol, as long as you within the legal boundaries of acceptable use, it is fine. For example you have to be a certain age, can only buy it certain places, and can't be operating a vehicle. If a doctor performed surgery or an airline pilot flew a plane while drunk, they would be fired. It would be no different with any decriminalized drugs. Loss of productivity? Well that is just a hoot, I can guarantee you plenty of successful, responsible people go their jobs every day and do excellent work, then come home and use marijuana. If you take a sample of people you know personally, who you believe are upstanding people, one of them smokes pot. Someone else already posted a list, but there are many successful millionaires and billionaires who have smoke or continue to smoke marijuana daily. Prohibition has already been shown to be an abject failure in this country, and after 50+ years, so has the War on Drugs. End it now!
SueM February 26, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Just another way to drug our children to make things easier for the adults around them. What a joke!
Ryan February 26, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Giving drugs to children? Even I'm not that liberal... I hate to agree with SueM, but I feel like less drugs and actual parenting/education is probably a better solution. As for kids with autism, they need proper help, not drugs. It's comments like this that make everyone on your side look bad and just fan the flame of the other side. You should not be allowed to have children.
Josh February 26, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Wow can't believe this is still going, that's great. Ryan, I agree with many if your points, nobody wins on style :) , but perhaps you might look into the autism issue some / it will open your mind. I agree 100% less meds and patenting, ESP as a father. However, it is true that there are compounds in the flower that truly DO help kids with NO 'euphoria' - ADHD mid diagnosis and treatment is a larger health issue than weed... Autism is devastating. Peace Love Happiness. Oh, that makes potheads sound like dirty hippies! Oh, isn't that judeo-Christian philosophy?
free your mind February 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Sue and Ryan? do you know anyone who has an autistic child? Don't judge until you been there. I have seen this work first hand in a severely autistic child it slows the child down enough to be able to interact with the world around them. Its not a miracle drug but it should be legal. As for giving a child MORE drugs have no fear, our phama industry is way ahead of you there! Ritalin for every boy who wants to play!
Ryan February 26, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I guess I do need to look into it more, but I think thats something that would need to be heavily researched before its a point pushed on parents of autistic kids. Give kids any drug at all in my mind is a touchy subject and something that should be weighed very carefully. I have ADHD and it was a very serious problem for me as a child, but I was immediately put on a whole slew of drugs to try solve the problem and each of those drugs came with a whole host of side effects I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. So I may be predisposed to dislike the idea of treating kids with drugs so quickly.
Thomas Jefferson February 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Everyone brain has receptors that are designed to activate when exposed to THC, which is present in marijuana. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor Therefore, it is God's will for us to use cannabis! Thank for agreeing with the push for decriminalization, it's good to know that you have seen God's light. Truly he is mighty in his wisdom.
SueM February 27, 2013 at 02:29 AM
Free your mind, my friend's son and my nephew have autism. My nephew is 20. It hasn't been easy for my sister or the rest of our family. You can get off your moral high ground! I am entitled to my opinion.
Ryan February 27, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Sorry, but you're opinion is fine for you, but you are stating it publicly and fueling the flame of the anti marijuana movement. We really need to focus on one aspect at a time, but by saying our kids should be smoking pot, you're only hindering the cause. Think about the main things people use to argue against the legalization of pot, also think about how medicating kids works please. Doctors are the ones who should be telling us if its a safe drug for children however consumed, I promise smoking isn't the way for kids at the very least. Right now lets focus on getting it legal so it can be properly studied in stead of propagandized further. I realize I was very harsh in my last response, but I'm not happy with this all or nothing notion everyone has, in this step by step fight. Also I had just gotten out of traffic which leaves no one happy.
SueM February 27, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Ryan, I didn't propose an all or nothing notion. I didn't even state which side of the debate I was on. I don't have an issue with medical uses. I am on the fence otherwise. I didn't like the suggestion regarding pot and autistic kids...that's it. I was not fueling any flame. I thought I was adding to the discussion. Thank you for your apology.
m e February 27, 2013 at 08:57 AM
They are not only blocking me from as honest an occupation as cheese monger or wine or alcohol brewer, but they are also restricting the tax dollars the community can collect. We were not born to be parented all our days. I'm 40 years old. I can make my own adult choices regarding my health. I can educate myself. This comes down to an ancient tradition long upheld, but only recently lost. We see it every 4 years in the Olympics where it sits as a symbol, but has greater meaning. That symbol is the Passing of the Torch. It's more than the Light of Reason. It's the passing of the Old world to the New, to the Young to be build anew. The old rules need be updated for the modern day, let the Light of Science guide the way. Nothing comes for free, Cannabis will have some health detractions, but so does bacon and I don't want a politician legislating my rights away for my protection. He can mind his own business and I, mine. I'm old enough to see with my own eyes and think with my own mind. Their fear mongering is just whispers of the boogeyman, it only scares children.
m e February 27, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Jack Minster cites flawed data and using his logic we should have a full prohibition again upon Alchohol and prescription medications due to the recent revelations of pharmaceutical giants doctoring their studies results to make the efficiency of many medications higher than a placebo effect. Essentially paying top price for sugar pills, or worse a cocktail of random effects. The most recent revelation that 3/4 of the antibiotics are consumed by the livestock industries shows we have larger issues than a drug 4000 years old and found in the most ancient tombs in the world. I'd say Jack's behind the Times.
m e February 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Why not other vices then? Should women own 60 pairs of shoes? How much makeup do you really need? Shall we put a limit on your purchases or a massive luxury tax on your vices? Anything and everything can be an addiction. You want to see what's really killing Americans en masse, look no further than your TV. Shall we take it away and decide the quantity and quality? If we let that happen, you'd still be watching 9 channels.
m e February 27, 2013 at 10:22 AM
I can't wait til the same mercy you deny is denied to you, karmic really, judge not lest ye be a turd.
m e February 27, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Who is stronger, the man who has never left his front step to face temptation or the one who pulls back from the brink of the void? I'd say the one who hides from the devil is not safe or secure in his faith, yet the one who goes to meet him, knows the devil's face ever after and the siren's call falls not so sweetly upon the ear of he who has seen the face rotting beneath. You speak with the innocence of a child, who's never seen the wolf, let alone to cry about one, you wouldn't know it from a fox or raccoon. This drug is a lot older than even alcohol, time tested. Christianity is just a layer upon the older religions, take a look beyond parroting the sentiment. Each Christian holiday really a reflection of pagan worship of the 4 turnings of year. Shall we make all things illegal then? You ask for the Law of Hammurabi, do you wish to see this enacted for all things consumed within our society, for I see the sickness of addiction is present in all things.
m e February 27, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I can understand verbal babbling, but why type and not think? SueM obviously is a drinker or maybe she's the mythical one that will pass thru the eye of the needle. No sins. I live in this county and I've met one saint and you ain't him.
Josh February 27, 2013 at 01:25 PM
M e - got me confused now - you seem for stopping this never ending wasteful war on pot but its hard to decipher. Sue- I appreciate and respect your experiences and thoughts. Perhaps you will look into it just a little bit more, ton of literature in the true medical guides. I worked with autism about 18 years ago in the stone ages of treating it, for a pioneering firm that is now sought out, it is unfortunately a program that is so costly it's only a few scholarships per full pay. This is an area all political parties need to unite behind - the study and treatment of autism. If Cana meds help, then why prevent a life from 'blossoming out', a term used by many child autistic oriented profs.
michaellr April 19, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Marijuana by itself; no alcohol, no any other self administered substance added, marijuana by itself is a healing herb, Vaporized, made into food. peanut butter, butter, salad dressing oil, beverages, deserts, All ingested without smoking anything. No carcinogens, just pure THC. Use it if it works for you, I use it to reduce the chronic pain I have suffered these last seven years. Stop blaming the herb for the crimes that are mostly motivated by alcohol, Meth, cocaine, and heroin. Marijuana produces peaceful solutions to life's pains. Study the medicine and then produce an educated decision,with your freedom to choose. Please,do not use some dumb a__ ignorant uneducated cliche, to describe your brilliant uneducated opinion on the issue. The morality of using an herb to bring healing to my body and possibly yours after you study to show yourself approved will be more appreciated. Then if you do not have any need for the medicine marijuana at this time, good, great! Please let me medicate myself with the best medicine I have found for my conditions. Please, I promise I will not show up at the local pharmacy and picket your involvement with drugs you carry out in the little white bag with the paper that lists all the possible bad side effects that I would be totally in fear of taking, and I will stick with my natural, beneficial, peaceful herb, thank you. Blessings Michaellr
Jeffrey Poor June 24, 2013 at 02:59 PM
It should made 100% LEGAL!! It actually has benefits compared to alcohol and tobacco. The ones saying not to legalize it are the ones most likely selling it and dont want to lose out on their curb side slanging. GET A REAL JOB!!
My 2 Cents July 02, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Jeffrey your comment is ignorant. I see where you are very passionate about illegal drugs in your posts. To say people like me that are against it "ones most likely selling it and don't want to lose out on their curb side slanging" shows your comment is uneducated.
Ego_Death July 02, 2013 at 11:22 AM
1. Gov't has no right to tell me what I can and cannot put in my body. 2. All Drugs should be legal. Get the $ out of the black market, fund education and mental health services, eliminate turf wars and drive by shootings... You want to reduce gun violence...legalize it all and watch that gun violence go down over night. 3. Would you start smoking crack or shooting H if it was legal? 4. Then why do you think other people will?

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