Marijuana Re-Legalization Coming in 1st in 2nd Obama Poll
Note: The following statistics were collected 12/30/2008 at 3:00 PM EST. This is important to know as the polling is continuing till at least 12/31/2008. At that time 44,298 people have submitted 36,864 questions and cast 1,962,040 votes.
I visited Obama's www.change.gov website to see if Marijuana Re-Legalization was leading again, as it came in first in during the first poll. At first I was disappointed because the first Re-Legalization question was ranked 26th of 36,864 questions. Still not bad. And the leading scoring question was a good one at that:
"I'm concerned about the banks who received tax payers money and have had no
accountability. Will this be corrected after President elect Obama is in
The leading question (above) below got 9,862 Yes and 600 no votes
But I then typed "marijuana" in "Search questions" field and clicked to find that 1,071 questions had been submitted regarding Marijuana Legalization. In other words a little less than 3 percent of the questions were focused on Re-Legalizing Marijuana.
And as I went down the list of "Marijuana" questions I noticed that many had overwhelming percentages in favor of Re-Legalization and many had "yes" responses of over 2,000. So there is little doubt that, in aggregate, Marijuana Re-Legalization is destined to come in first place in the second Obama poll. In fact I believe there is more support for Legalization in the 2nd poll than in the first. But Obama's website does not have the tools available to quantify this.
The only unfortunate aspect of the Marijuana questions is that they invariably insist on taxing and regulating it, which I believe to be a very bad idea. This "legalize and tax" model appears to be an instilled "Pavlovian" response of far too many Marijuana Re-Legalization advocates.
Still, it is great to see such support for Marijuana Re-Legalization. Perhaps this second poll will convince Obama that saying "No" to Re-Legalization is just going to seriously "piss off" the American People?
I would highly recommend that my readers consider the MERP Model for Re-Legalization over any "legalize and tax" model. The following links will provide all the background you need to understand the MERP Model that I had authored around 2000.
Marijuana: Past, Present and Future from Bruce Cain on Vimeo.
Why Lou Dobbs Should Support Marijuana Legalization
The MERP Project
The Marijuana Re-Legalization Policy (MRP) Project
Bruce W. Cain Discusses the MERP Model, for Marijuana Relegalization, with "Sense and Sensimilla"
Video Biography of Bruce W. Cain
What is more important, right now, is to get as many votes on "Re-Legalization" as possible. Here is how you can efficiently register your recommendation for Obama to Re-Legalize Marijuana.
(1) First goto
(2) Click on "Open for Questions: Round two"
(3) Click on "Open for Questions" link on new webpage.
(4) Click on "View Questions"
(5) Type "marijuana" in "Search questions" field and click