Washington State Favors Marijuana Legalization 52% to 35%

A poll released last week by The Washington Poll, a quarterly, nonpartisan effort by the University of Washington, shows that Washington State residents support an initiative that would legalize the possession and use of marijuana.

According to the poll of 1,252 registered voters conducted last month, 52% in Washington State support “removing state civil and criminal penalties for possession or use of marijuana,” with only 35% opposed. The poll’s release did not indicate the position of the other 13%.

Read this post at Firedoglake

The language of the poll question is similarly phrased as the wording that would appear on the ballot. You can see the full findings of the statewide poll, in which the marijuana question was included, at the bottom of this post. (Updated at bottom.)

Unlike California, where marijuana legalization will definitely be on the November ballot, it’s less certain Washington’s initiative will make the cut. Sensible Washington is the group organizing ballot signatures for the measure (officially known as I-1068). The group, independently financed and run by a tight group of organizers, is on its way to qualifying for the ballot.

Prohibition proponents are doing their best to keep legalization off the ballot in the state. We reported last week that federally funded drug agents disobeyed a standing order from Attorney General Eric Holder and raided a legitimate medical marijuana dispensary. In the course of that raid, agents pointed a gun at the head of a 14-year-old child and confiscated Sensible Washington’s petitions to put legalization on the ballot. Then the federal agents photocopied the petitions, keeping the names and addresses of Washington residents who support legalization.

This was a clear act of intimidation designed to scare potential supporters of legalization from signing on to petitions. Knowing that police with have information of supporters is more than enough to suppress people from exercising their democratic rights.

If you want to help Sensible Washington get legalization on the ballot, head over to their site and use the Firedoglake-powered event tool to find volunteer information and petition gathering events across the state using the tool on the right side of their site.

If you’re not in Washington, sign our petition for federally-funded drug agents to release Sensible Washington’s petitions and to destroy all photocopies.

(Update note from above: While not identical language, both the poll and initiative use the phrase “remove state civil and criminal penalties.” The poll ended that phrase with “for use or possession of marijuana,” while the initiative itself elaborates: “for persons eighteen years or older who cultivate, possess, transport, sell, or use marijuana. Marijuana would no longer be defined as a ‘controlled substance.”)

The Washington Poll Survey Results
1,252 respondents, 2.8% MOE. May 2010.

The Washington Poll – May 2010

– Article from Firedoglake.



  1. David762 on

    but I’m moving to California soon enough to vote FOR the TC-2010 Referendum. I will help you valiant WA progressives at [ sensiblewashington.org ] with a donation, though …

    Best regards and Best of luck.

  2. PabloKoh on

    The guys at Sensible Washington need 220,000 more signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. Please if you live in Washington go to their website and download the signature forms and have your friends, family, and random strangers fill them out. They have a month left and need all the help they can get to qualify. If you are not in Washington give them $25 so they can pay people to go and get signatures. sensiblewashington.org

  3. ray christl THC Ministry Cambodia on

    We have a long history of abuse,threats and violence used by government authority.VIOLENCE IS NOT ALLOWED except as last resort in a MODERN SOCIAL CONTRACT.Read the law and act.You stay anonymous and afraid in your prayer closet,yet we have REFERENDUM in CANADA.USE the PLEBISCITE to free CC family in ANONYMOUS NATION and the brave MARC EMERY.

  4. Fuck The Police on

    Those DEA agents sound like terrorists to me.
    Most dictionaries will describe terrorism as “fear and intimidation used to further or achieve (a) political objective(s).”
    Let’s call that the moderate or centrist definition.

    George W. Bush, on the other hand, who very much like Obama has an extreme view and is very far from center, would define a terrorist as someone who “Hates us for our freedoms. Heh, heh.”

    So either way it sounds like these “federal agents” are just a bunch of fucking terrorists, who should be taken to the nearest public place or carnival and hanged at noon for treason.