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Yup, that's just about everyone.  Young, old, Democrat, Republican, male, female, white, black and hispanic - all in favor of respecting individual states laws with regards to medical marijuana.  So let's save our federal government some money and stop raiding dispensaries and patients that are following their own state laws.

Mr. President, citizens cannot be more clear - respect state medical marijuana laws.  You are on the wrong side of history.  

According to a new poll conducted for the Marijuana Policy Project, nearly three quarters of American voters want the Obama administration to respect state medical marijuana laws.

Support for keeping the federal government out of state medical marijuana issues was universal across all demographics. With respect to political affiliation, 75% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans, and, notably 79% of Independents said that President Obama should respect state medical marijuana laws. Even among the least supportive group (those identified as over 65 years of age), 64% were in favor of respecting state law.
Check out the last line again.  Even among the least supportive group (those identified as over 65 years of age), 64% were in favor of respecting state law. Very few issues unite Americans in this fashion.  

The U.S. federal government spent over $15 billion dollars in 2010 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $500 per second. Additionally, state and local governments spent at least another 25 billion dollars.  Think about all the other things that could be improved for $50 billion dollars per year.  And don't even get me started about the $2 billion per week we are spending in Afghanistan...

P.S. Congrats to Connecticut residents - who are about to become the 17th state to approve medical marijuana laws.  What is everyone else waiting for?

Originally posted to skisb on Wed May 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Cannabis Law and Drug War Reform.

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