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Poll: Don't Fuck with State Cannabis Laws

By David Jenison on February 27, 2017

Quinnipiac University released a new national poll this week that shows support for cannabis is as strong as ever. The findings showed that 59 percent of the country supports full legalization, 93 percent supports medical cannabis and 71 percent think the federal government shouldn't fuck with states that legalized either type of use. Recreational support is up five points and medical up four from a previous Quinnipiac poll last June. 

The new poll found that Republicans (61 to 35 percent) and people aged 66 years and older (51 to 42 percent) oppose full legalization, but "every other party, gender, education, age and racial group listed supports legalized marijuana."

Mere hours after the poll results came out, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he expects the Trump Administration to pursue "greater enforcement" of federal prohibition laws before stating the following: "There's a big difference between [medical] and recreational marijuana. I think that when you see the opioid addiction crisis blossoming in so many states around this country, the last thing we should be doing is encouraging people. There is still a federal law we need to abide by in terms of when it comes to recreational marijuana."

Spicer, who arguably needs cannabis more than any other person in the White House, apparently thinks the link between cannabis and opioids justifies defying the democratic will of the people, which is strange since the only link is that cannabis is a helpful recovery tool for many opioid addicts. 

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