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Poll: Early State Voters Want To End Federal Pot Prosecution

“FIRST IN THE SOUTH” GOP VOTERS ARE NO EXCEPTION … || By FITSNEWS || Voters in all three early primary states – Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – favor ending the federal government’s “War on Pot.” That’s according to the results of a poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority –…

“FIRST IN THE SOUTH” GOP VOTERS ARE NO EXCEPTION …

|| By FITSNEWS || Voters in all three early primary states – Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – favor ending the federal government’s “War on Pot.”

That’s according to the results of a poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority – an organization which supports “regulating marijuana sales and ending marijuana arrests” and “helping people understand that marijuana reform is a mainstream, majority-supported issue.”

According to the group’s South Carolina survey, a whopping 65 percent of Palmetto State voters believe “states should be able to carry out their own marijuana laws without federal interference.”  By contrast, only sixteen percent believe “the federal government should arrest and prosecute people who are following state marijuana laws.”

“Voters in South Carolina overwhelmingly want the next president to respect state marijuana laws instead of sending in the DEA to arrest people who grow, sell and use in accordance with local policies,” Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, told FITS.  “There is majority support in all demographics, including Republicans, 2012 Romney voters and those who identify as very conservative.”

Of particular interest as it relates to the Palmetto State’s “First in the South” presidential primary?

“Republicans in South Carolina more strongly back states’ rights to enact marijuana laws than Democrats,” Angell said.

(Ahem, Marco Rubio).

This website has consistently argued for the decriminalization of all drugs – including marijuana.  We view it as a liberty issue, an economic issue and a taxpayer issue – one “Republican” politicians are consistently on the wrong side of.  In fact as of this writing, no “Republican” presidential candidate has stated their support for decriminalizing pot – whereas several have advocated for the enforcement of a nationwide federal prohibition.

Unreal …

Contrasting that close-minded view?  Efforts at the state level to relax marijuana prohibition led by S.C. Senator Tom Davis.

“Every day we see further evidence that states need to be free to pursue their own policies regarding this issue,” Davis told FITS, adding “I’m going to continue to push our state to adopt common sense marijuana laws.”

The government’s failed “War on Drugs” – and specifically marijuana – is back on South Carolinians’ radar in a big way this week.  We’re referring, of course, to the lack of transparency shown by state and local officials in the aftermath of the July 26 shooting death of 19-year-old Zachary Hammond.

Hammond was gunned down by police during a botched sting operation … over ten grams of pot.

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62 comments

flip September 10, 2015 at 11:31 am

Pot will be on ballot in Ohio this year.It will fail.Just like it did in Florida.Good and decent families won’t allow their communities and children corrupted by the stench of legalized drugs.

I have often wondered how a mother could murder her own unborn child. I have also wondered how a parent could support drug laws that would make it easier for their children to become addicted or harmed on LEGAL drugs, mentally,physically and emotionally.

Don’t parents have enough to worry about now already? Only 25% of black homes have a father.

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Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 12:06 pm

So should be apply this logic to alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, opiates and benzodiazepines?

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No fool, just keep pot illegal September 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

No expansion, you fucking idiot. And only an ignorant FUCKING liberal would equate Mtn. Dew with getting fucked out of your mind on reefer…

But hey: Your fucking ignorant liberal NY Mayor banned Co-Coal, did he? So I would not put anything past you. Dumbass.

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Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Oh, you want to play that game? Only a delusional imbecile would try to hang his entire argument by focusing on one word of a statement. No, you puffed up bastard, it’s not about Mountain Dew, I was tossing in other harmful drugs that are perfectly legal. Sorry if that went over your lumped up cranium.

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Population is more responsible September 10, 2015 at 12:08 pm

flip: I don’t think the reprobates pushing this expansion of the drug culture give a dang about children, their neighbors or anyone else. They are vERY selfish people.

“If it feels good, do it,” is the mantra of the Libertarian Party. But when all the damage, in ill-health, crime, psychological collapse, comes home to roost, libertarians starting pointing the fingers at Republicans.

Liberals are just lazy, irresponsible, childish and immature anyway. So crippling more of society will add more dependents. They are not smart enough to realize there is not endless money to prop-up their lazy unaccountable asses.

That’s why we MUST be responsible, and STOP these idiots before they do more harm to out culture, with their ignorance and irresponsibility.

Of course thye forced redefining marriage on us, using their judges. So who knows. They are GREEDY people, they’ll do anything.

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flip September 10, 2015 at 12:34 pm

They will do ANYTHING.Liberals live in a world of perverted social norms and try to extend their own warped sense of morality and culture into ALL of our communities.

Abortion is a great example.MOST women have had abortions so in order for them to justify the destruction of their own child they advocate abortion for ALL women.

Rocky,Boz and mamatiger92 are liberals that believe America to be evil and lacking of TRUE exceptionalism. As as an extention of that they hate our veterans and are outraged when somebody like Trump wants to help them.We saw that yesterday on Fits.

<2% are gay however that group of perverts wants to eliminate the Judeo Christian, Bible based traditions this country was founded on.

Liberals and Libertarians are a danger to society as a whole.

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Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Wow, conflate much? Hope you wear a diaper whist sitting around shitting yourself silly over the sight of your own shadow.

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walter kloster September 11, 2015 at 4:35 am

All of you uneducated people, who are against legalization of cannabis, most not care for your fellow human. I have cancer and I’m in a state that doesn’t grant me access to legal cannabis, so I have to suffer not having the GREAT benefits that come from cannabis. There are way to many scientific FACTS that show the great benefits from cannabis. I hope that you never have to have a family member or yourself, ever have an illness that can benefit from cannabis, because they would have to suffer through it. All because you are still believing in “reefer madness.”
Those saying that kids will be using it more with them having easier access, need to do some actual research on the BULLSHIT you claim. Like they have proven that cannabis use in teenagers has not gone up in the past several years since its been legal in Colorado. The crime rates have dropped! The money for the state from taxes on cannabis has benefited the schools, roads public assistance and will probably be the end of property taxes and other taxes soon. Now explain, how the hell you even have a leg to stand on in this fight? Oooh I don’t want to smell cannabis, it stinks…really, I mean really, that’s your opinion why cannabis should be illegal? Get the f#@k out of here with that and any other stupid reason. People are suffering and can not get relief, because of people like you!

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Original Good Old Boy September 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

People like you can fuck right off. I just can’t comprehend the backward-ass thinking that would support imprisoning people for enjoying a mild intoxicant in their own homes.
“Think of the children” is the justification for the close-minded authoritarians such as yourself.

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R U STONED, now? September 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

You stoned fool. We have too many fucked up idiots like you making policy now. It’s why the country swirls more down the toilet each day.

Until we stand up, and Crack the FUCK out of irresponsible bastards like you…we will continue to die. Go sober up, you brain-clouded imbecile.

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Original Good Old Boy September 10, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Is this satire?
Or are you really this ignorant?

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euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

How long have you *lived* in the South?

Original Good Old Boy September 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm

Good point, although the South doesn’t have a monopoly on illogical and reactionary idiots.

Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 12:28 pm

I consider myself to be fairly conservative, and I tend to agree with OGOB. If Flip knew how to shift into critical thinking mode for half a second, he might be able to solve the “25% of black homes have a father” riddle. Many blacks (and whites) are charged with felonies for non violent drug offenses and made to serve ridiculous sentences for very trivial charges. Meanwhile, a doctor can write prescriptions for very dangerous drugs, pretty much at will.

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flip September 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

Oh. Black fathers aren’t at home because of non violent drug offenses?

Carry on.

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Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

If you think clogging up our tax payer funded prisons with non violent drug offenders is a good idea, you need some serious help. You are a large part of what’s wrong with America.

flip September 10, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Okay.Lets put em back on the street so they can murder,rape,rob and riot. Great plan.

Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Right, because someone who possesses marijuana is predisposed to murdering, raping, robbing and rioting? You sound like a complete idiot.

grandtangosuglydog September 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm

He is.

flip September 10, 2015 at 2:03 pm

Ask the ‘gentle giant’ in Ferguson!LMAO!!!!

Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 2:18 pm

You still talking about the Mike Brown boogieman? Mike Brown got what he deserved and is not indicative of anything other than poor judgement. Get some new material, loser.

Dead Horse September 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm

How do I file a police report on flip for beating me?

euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

It’s not even about taxes – like moonshine!

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U R not THAT stupid, R U? September 10, 2015 at 11:34 am

“according to the results of a poll commissioned by Marijuana Majority”

Hahahahahahahaha…

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Speak D Truth September 10, 2015 at 11:54 am

Legalize pot? Like we aren’t already an obese society. Time to buy stock in brownie mix and Cheeto’s.

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flip September 10, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Good point!

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laughable September 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Yeah, compare the rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and strokes in SC and a state with legal weed, like Colorado. You fat fuckers couldn’t handle it.

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Speak D Truth September 10, 2015 at 2:47 pm

It’s funny how liberals support federal law trumping state law on gay marriage but the would raise 40 hells if they were told the same applied to drug laws.

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Crooner September 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm

Only one of your examples invokes constitutional rights.

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Speak D Truth September 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Both are examples of the federal law trumps state law mantra that liberals love. So how about this. If the Clerk of Court in Kentucky goes to jail for not enforcing the gay marriage ruling why aren’t people going to jail (Obama included) for not enforcing immigration law?

Crooner September 10, 2015 at 4:39 pm

Standing

euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:31 pm

The “high” from pot isn’t really all that remarkable… getting drunk is more debilitating. Pot doesn’t even give you any important insights like psilocybin or lsd.. it just puts you in a fog for a few hours.

Republicans are in a deeper stupor than stoners, just by watching Faux news.

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Speak D Truth September 10, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Impaired depth perception. Delayed motor skill response. Loss of control of emotions. Impaired judgment- all would impair drivers. Do you really think that anyone should drive on a marijuana high?

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euwe max September 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Some habituated users would be no more danger to others than sleepy drivers… responsible people don’t drive while impaired, but most do. Do you live in mortal fear of the driving dead on the hangover freeway in morning rush hour traffic?

Driving or performing surgery while high isn’t the question anyway… it’s about prosecuting people for possessing it.

You can prosecute people for driving while using prescription drugs that clearly state that users should not operate machinery while on the regimen. No one complains about DUI laws… why should anyone expect *not* to get a blood test for alcohol AND pot, if DUI is suspected?

It’s already a police state – what are you worried about? Someone having a good time, and not inviting you?

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Speak D Truth September 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm

There is a tangible number (.08) to determine alcohol intoxication. There is a tangible number for drugs. I know that people already drive under the influence of drugs but having the government endorse it and ultimately condone it will lead to an increase in use and therefore more DUI/Drug cases.

euwe max September 11, 2015 at 1:17 am

“having the government endorse it and ultimately condone it”

um.. that sounds to me similar to “the government tells me what right and wrong is.”

Not healthy. Better to get your marching orders from a huge invisible friend with white hair and robe, lounging in the clouds… at least that way, you can make up your own mind.

William T. Clark September 11, 2015 at 12:26 am

I’ve lost 13 pounds in 10 months, eat all sorts of cookies and ice cream, which I wasn’t doing 10 months ago. ;)

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Quietus September 10, 2015 at 11:57 am

Should it be legalized? – Yes
Will it be? – Slowly over time it likely will be, anytime soon outside of CA, CO, AK, WA, and OR doubtful.
Is this a major policy issue that everyone makes it out to be? – NO!

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euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:36 pm

aren’t you afraid young girls will become more promiscuous, get pregnant, and get abortions… stoned, instead of drunk?

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Quietus September 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm

Only on Monday do I worry about that. Other days are reserved for other things.

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euwe max September 11, 2015 at 1:36 am

Only on Monday do I worry about that. Other days are reserved for other things.

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does that towel stay on your head on Monday?

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Quietus September 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm

It’s not a towel. You’ll be sorry if you mess with the wrap.

euwe max September 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

so.. it’s a burrito?

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Dope Heads Are Fucked Up September 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Alcoholics – Stoners — What’s the difference?

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Fecal Matters September 10, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Alcoholics – Stoners – Opiate abusers — What’s the difference?

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Speak D Truth September 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm

More highway deaths. A more debatable level of intoxication. More government funds for rehab facilities.

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Tazmaniac September 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm

That is my only hangup on legalization, I hear Zero, 0, none, zip, nada talk of personal responsibility. No discussion on the expansion of the unproductive class and it’s impact on Government budgets, or tax base.

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euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

No one ever talks about that shit when they talk about *anything*

Original Good Old Boy September 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Your personal liberty should not be compromised simply because enjoying that liberty makes some people a poor cog for the state. I’m all for the greater good, but not to the point where it encroaches on an individual’s right to do as they please so long as they directly harm nobody else.

Tazmaniac September 10, 2015 at 6:55 pm

” so long as they directly harm nobody else.”

So becoming a lazy ass stoner ward of the state isn’t harming all the people forced at the point of a gun to pay for your upkeep? Perfect voter base for electing Santa Claus politicians. Don’t think I have a hard on against weed, I feel the same about all intoxicants, gambling, general laziness, and anything else that makes you expect other people to pay for your poor choices. Obviously I’m using “you” as a general term, so don’t take this as a personal attack.

flip September 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Ask the Gov of Colorado….

Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a bad idea, the state’s governor said Friday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the 2012 decision by voters to make pot legal, said the state still doesn’t fully know what the unintended consequences of the move will be.

“If I could’ve waved a wand the day after the election, I would’ve reversed the election and said, ‘This was a bad idea,’ ” Hickenlooper said Friday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

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grandtangosuglydog September 10, 2015 at 1:19 pm

Yeah a 4.2 unemployment rate, well below the national avg, Marijuana use among teens is actually down, Denver has the fastest rising home prices in the nation and they have a tax surplus so yeah im sure they hate it.

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flip September 10, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Down among teens you fucking lowlife liar????You are nothing but a POS-worthless human being….

According to a recent federal survey, marijuana use among Coloradans age 12 and over went up slightly between 2011 and 2013, to 12.7% from 10.4%.

“This is exactly what we were worried about,” said Kevin Sabet, director of the drug policy institute at the University of Florida, and co-founder of a group, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, that opposes legalization.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-colorado-pot-legalization-fails-to-match-predictions-of-backers-critics-1420830972

bobbymac September 10, 2015 at 2:11 pm

According to medical research the states that have passed medical marijuana laws have had a 25% decrease in overdose deaths due to opioid drug overdoses. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1898878 There have been no overdose deaths from pot.

Original Good Old Boy September 10, 2015 at 6:40 pm

big t, even assuming your facts are correct, a 2% increase in usage among 12-year-olds is more than offset by a 100% decrease in jail time and fines for simple possession.

grandtangosuglydog September 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Gov H: “I opposed the original vote, didn’t think it was a good idea. But the voters spoke and we’re trying to make it work, and I think we are. Again, it’s not as vexing as we thought it was going to be.” but hey lets leave out facts and the rest of the story, take out a few words to twist to our deranged troll comments..bang up job loser boy..failure is your constant companion.

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flip September 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm

You really are a stupid pussy!

As of Nov. 30, the number of calls to the state’s Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center by people experiencing adverse effects from marijuana nearly doubled, to 202, compared with the whole of 2013, according to the latest available data.

Several Colorado doctors recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association that local hospitals had seen an uptick in patients who became sick from ingesting too much marijuana, particularly children.

Neighboring states are also complaining that Colorado marijuana is flooding their jurisdictions. Nebraska and Oklahoma last month sued Colorado in the U.S. Supreme Court, claiming that legalization has resulted in more interstate drug trafficking and violations of federal law.

euwe max September 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

Pot is so yesterday.

Only a Southern state would wring its hands over something so tame and trivial.

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Rocky Verdad September 10, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Very telling when the GOP is all upset about Iran and the bomb, and voters just want their bud.

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dang ole September 10, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Marajuana prohibition makes no sense for southern states. It would create create a new cash crop and a new industry for rural communities. It would create millions in new taxes without actually having to raise taxes because you’ve abolished abolished black market. It would make the south rich again

And for “states rights” republicans to support federal prohibition is just silly. If its legal federally you can still make it illegal in your own state, county, city, etc. Just look at sunday alcohol sales.

Federal prohibition is just a way to deny states the authority to create their own laws, and prevents the south from rising again.

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Sam Lawn September 11, 2015 at 7:38 am

Its not legalize in sc yet. Sooooo

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