A press release from the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., says 74 percent of those spoken with in a poll conducted between May 7 and May 11 "want the Obama administration to respect individual state medical marijuana laws." The nationwide poll was commissioned by the MPP, and spoke with 1,000 registered-and-likely-to-vote people.
The poll informed voters that medical marijuana is legal with a doctor’s recommendation in 16 states as well as the District of Columbia, and in some of those states it is legal for licensed and tightly regulated individuals to grow and sell marijuana to qualifying patients. Respondents were then asked if President Obama should respect the medical marijuana laws in these states, or continue to use federal resources to arrest and prosecute individuals who are acting in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.
“The results of this survey demonstrate that there is virtually no support in the country for the Obama administration's crackdown on state medical marijuana laws,” says Steve Fox, director of government relations for the Project, in the release. “Across all demographic and ideological groups, the American people strongly believe the president should respect state medical marijuana laws, as he promised he would when he campaigned to be president.
"It is clearly time for President Obama to stand up to the members of his administration who are carrying out the morally wrong and politically unpopular policy of denying patients safe access to this beneficial medicine.”