Marijuana poll: Majority of Americans support legalization, oppose federal interference

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It's been nearly a month since Attorney General Eric Holder said a decision about a federal response to Amendment 64, which allows adults 21 and over in Colorado to use and possess small amounts of marijuana, would be coming soon. And the longer he waits, the harder it may be to sell a full-bore crackdown to people across the U.S.

The latest evidence: a Pew Research Center poll showing a majority of Americans favor legalization. Details, graphics and the complete report below.

The survey, conducted March 13-17, with 1,501 adults taking part, found that 52 percent of respondents think marijuana should be legal, while 45 percent disagreed.

An overview of the study points out that the pro-legalization percentage is eleven points higher than in a survey taken just three years ago, in 2010, and shockingly higher than a Gallup poll from 1969, during the height of the hippie era. Back then, 84 percent were opposed to legalization, with just 12 percent daring to suggest that pot smoking should be allowed.

Here's a graphic that depicts changing opinions over the last 44 years:

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Another graphic represents legalization support by generation, with pop-culture-friendly designations standing for each group. Millennials -- those born since 1980 -- were the most pro-legalization, with 65 percent advocating for it. This digit contrasts strongly with views of the Silent Generation, whose members were born between 1928 and 1945; just 32 percent of those in this category backed legalizing pot. But this number is still double what it was in the late Sixties -- and 50 percent of Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and 54 percent of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) think legalization is the way to go.

Note that Boomers now feel about marijuana legalization much as they did when they were in the age range that Millennials are now.

Here's a graphic illustrating the results:

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Another shift: 50 percent of those who took part in the survey now say marijuana use is not a moral issue, up a striking 15 percent since 2006.

This graphic documents the change:

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Another key finding: Marijuana use in states that have legalized it to greater or lesser degrees is no higher than it is in those where it's still entirely illicit.

Continue for more about the marijuana poll, including two survey documents.


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

Donkey once proves again that he is against the cultivation of all forms of cannabis.  

Great job, prohibitionist fucktard.  

I hear Turdstone and Cuntstine Hatum are looking for someone to join their reefer madness cumfest.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

"Most industrial hemp used in U.S. products is imported from Canada. Available trade statistics indicate the value of products labeled hemp imported into the United States was nearly $10.5 million in 2010."

More than 100 Canadian farmers are currently taking advantage of the market for hemp and are growing the crop (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada). The provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are the leading producers of industrial hemp, having licensed the most acreage for hemp production. According to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA), the trade association representing the Canadian hemp industry, Canadian farmers planted nearly 39,000 acres (15.720 hectares) of hemp in 2011. Canadian farmers are reporting net profits of $200 to $250 per acre. "

http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fiber/industrial-hemp-profile/


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "Majority of Americans ..."

... elected George aWol Bu$h president ... twice.

... believe in and bray to an invisible Sky Daddy

... can't find Iraq or Afghanistan on a map

... reject Evolution and believe in Creationism

... believe and trust Fox News


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt = the lying cunt just can't stop lying.

The MARKET ECONOMICS are against Hemp cultivation in the U$A, you stump-stupid stammering shit-sucking stoner.

KevinHunt = thinks he's going to get rich growing an acre of hemp for $200 profit *if* he's lucky.

Hey fuckwit, you'd make more $$ growing an acre of TOMATOES !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt

So rush out and plant your 100 acres of hemp, Kevin ... and if you're lucky you might earn $20k at the end of a long hard year of farming ... if natural disasters, pests, diseases or the market itself doesn't wreck your harvest.

Oh wait ..."US producers are at a disadvantage in each of these areas. Currently, hemp growers must compete with substantial production subsidies in the European Union -- approximately half the value of the crop -- and in parts of Eastern Europe." 

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Do you think Cuntstine Hatum will sit on your face for a few measly tomatoes?  You've got to try harder than that.



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

 More like $600,000 for 100 acres. But as always, Jackass, don't let FACTS get in your way.

(Potential Economic Benefits, Kentucky 1998) In a July 1998 study issued by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky, researchers concluded that Kentucky hemp farmers could earn a net profit of $600 per acre for raising certified seeds, $320 net profit per acre for straw only or straw and grain production, and $220 net profit per acre for grain only production. The only crop found to be more profitable was tobacco.

Source: Tompson, Eric C., PhD, Berger, Mark C., PhD, and Allen, Steven N., Economic Impacts of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, Center for Business and Economic Research, 1998), p. 21.
http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/hempstudy.pdf - See more at: http://www.drugwarfacts.org/cms/hemp#sthash.LEm4t2Gj.dpuf

The Jackass:

http://thechive.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/firework-self-pwn.gif?w=160

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

"... is that how you come up with your $60,000 per acre hemp farm?"

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay : Only a brain dead stupid stoner like you thinks ther is no difference between $600K and $6 MILLION.

hth you pig-ignorant whiny pussy

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

"... is that how you come up with your $60,000 per acre hemp farm?"

ROTFLMAO!!!!!! 

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = LOSER resorts to making shit up 

HipTip: Shit you make up =/= REALITY

hth you pathetic moron

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "CHINA finds it profitable ..."

LOL!

Stuka wants to become a profitable Chinese Hemp Farmer !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = dreams of being a wealthy Chinese Hemp Farmer

Look, you can even employ a pet donkey!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = pig-ignorant fucktard

@DonkeyHotay  "...the world's largest producer of hemp finds it "profitable" ... if you don't mind living life on the wages of a CHINESE FARMER!"

CHINA finds it profitable to grow, over other crops that it could be growing, paying Chinese serf farmers the same paltry wage for either crop.

hth you chickenshit whiny pussy.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay= flailing and flailing at strawmen, as usual.

When did I say I "dream of getting rich" on hemp.

@DonkeyHotay = lying pathological LIAR

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = drooling fucking idiot FAIL, has no idea that China is a communist country.

 Has no idea that the US farm market is also subsidized by the government.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = dreams of being rich! ... like a CHINESE FARMER!!

ROTFLMAO !!

So plant your precious acre of hemp, numbnuts, let us know when you make your "$600,000" ...

Bwahahahahahahahhahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = dumber than a bucket of dirt, really stupid dirt.

Sure numbnuts, the world's largest producer of hemp finds it "profitable" ... if you don't mind living life on the wages of a CHINESE FARMER!

The first-world countries that grow hemp require GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES on every acre planted to be able to survive.

The European Union subsidizes the cultivationof hemp.

Industrial hemp production has been subsidized in the European Union since at least 1988 and is cultivated on over 24,000 acres in France, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands and England. Hemp production has been legally grown in France without interruption. Although the European Union offers subsidies to growers, not all EU countries participate due to individual country growing restrictions. 

The subsidy is equivalent to about US$100 per ton or about US$1,022 per ha ($414 per acre). Currently, French hemp fiber sells for about US$200 per ton, including the subsidy.



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = fucking brainless imbecile who has never looked at a globe.

Almost ALL of China lies at the same latitudes as the US and Mexico. France and Eastern Europe lie at the same latitudes as the northern US states, and only Russia lies at the same latitudes as Canada, AND THEY STILL FIND HEMP PROFITABLE ENOUGH TO GROW.

hth you pig-ignorant fucktard.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  You are arguing for my point, congratulations you drooling idiot.

And those countries find help profitable enough to grow, hth you chickenshit whiny pussy

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "BTW do you have any idea how long the growing season in Canada is, fucking idiot?"

Do you -- being the brain-dead bong-sucking stupid stoner that you are -- have any idea how long the growing seasons are in CHINA, France, East Europe and RUSSIA where the vast MAJORITY of the WORLD's hemp is produced?

stuka1 = fucking retard



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== EPIC FAIL. 

YOUR CLAIM is that hemp cannot turn a profit.  

YOUR CLAIM has been shown to be a LIE.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... only a brain-dead stupid stoner like you thinks there is no difference between $60k and $600k.

Keep failing, it's your best skill, chump.

The MYTH of Hemp Farm riches = a "misplaced ZERO" !!

ROTFLMAO!

Hey Kevin, you and your stinky sock Stupa1 can team up and plant 2 acres of Hemp, water, cultivate and work that field for the entire season, harvest it and have $400 (four hundred) in riches to split between the two of you fools.

Or maybe the brain-dead bong-sucking simpleton stuka1 can show you how to grow that magical "certified seed stock" ... then you *might* have $600 each in your retirement fund!

Bwahahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!






stuka1
stuka1

BTW do you have any idea how long the growing season in Canada is, fucking idiot?

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

And North Dakota farmers are looking hungrily across the border at those Canadian fields, and want what the Canadians have there. Which is why the ND state legislature has passed law to legalized hemp.

@DonkeyHotay  = agricultural idiot

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1Tompson, Eric C., PhD, Berger, Mark C., PhD, and Allen, Steven N. ... 

... have NEVER grown HEMP on an industrial scale!

100s of Canadian Hemp farmers have been doing so for over a decade, and they only manage to yield $200 / acre.

Stupid Stuka = Epic IDIOTIC FAIL AGAIN!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay

 = thinks a misplaced zero is going to get him out of his priceless idiotic claim that hemp can't turn a profit

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "More like $600,000 for 100 acres. "

PRICELESS!

Stupid Stoner Stuka not only can't do simple math, he thinks he can harvest 3x more profit that 100s of experienced Canadian Hemp farmers have been able to produce after more than a decade of practice.

LOL! LOL! LOL!


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

(Potential Economic Benefits, Kentucky 1998) In a July 1998 study issued by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky, researchers concluded that Kentucky hemp farmers could earn a net profit of $600 per acre for raising certified seeds, $320 net profit per acre for straw only or straw and grain production, and $220 net profit per acre for grain only production. The only crop found to be more profitable was tobacco.

Source: Tompson, Eric C., PhD, Berger, Mark C., PhD, and Allen, Steven N., Economic Impacts of Industrial Hemp in Kentucky (Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, Center for Business and Economic Research, 1998)http://www.votehemp.com/PDF/hempstudy.pdf

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay = puts stock in GOVERNOR'S TASK FARCES. Even after we saw what happened here. LMFAO

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = stupid stoner reading comprehension FAIL!

Estimates of Net Returns per Acre for Ky Crops

  • Tobacco $1,050
  • Tomatoes for Processing 775
  • Wheat (+Def Payment) and Soybeans 175
  • Soybeans 100
  • Average of Existing Crops 175
  • Corn (+Def Payment) 75
  • Hay and Silage 100
  • Fiber Hemp - low fiber price / yield -200 (negative LOSS per acre)
  • Fiber Hemp - high fiber price / yield 500

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = ignorant lying bong-sucking shitwipe

Other US sources provide estimates of returns to hemp production, although no explicit production costs and price information is provided. Production returns provided in the Governor's (Kentucky) Task Force on Hemp and Related Fibers are shown below:

Estimates of Net Returns per Acre for Ky Crops

  • Tobacco $1,050
  • Tomatoes for Processing 775
  • Wheat (+Def Payment) and Soybeans 175
  • Soybeans 100
  • Average of Existing Crops 175
  • Corn (+Def Payment) 75
  • Hay and Silage 100
  • Fiber Hemp - low fiber price / yield -200 (negative LOSS per acre)
  • Fiber Hemp - high fiber price / yield 500

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... so when are you going to plant your acre of hemp and get rich, eh Kevin?

Where will you spend your $200 windfall?

LOL!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay You wrote those words, just like you wrote "The ENTIRE U$ market demand for Hemp products, seed oil, fiber, etc -- which Canada and other hemp producing nations supply -- can be produced on a few hundred acres total !"...LOL

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt = that's STUKA's quote you stammering piece of crap.

And note that they are projecting growing for SEED STOCK, which has an even smaller market than hemp seed consumable products.

You do know what Seed Stock is, don't you numbnuts?


kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Quoting Donkey Hotay: "Kentucky hemp farmers could earn a net profit of $600 per acre for raising certified seeds”

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@stuka1 Looks like we are going to have to start growing tobacco in order to please the donkey.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt = the lying cunt

100s of Canadian farmers, who been growing hemp for over 10 years, are only able to realize $200 / acre profit.

So when are you going to plant your precious acre of Hemp, Kevin? ... work, water, tend, feed and harvest it, and reap that $200 (two hundred) windfall at the end of the year?

ROFTLMAO !!



stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

LAWL misplaced zero. 

 The only crop found to be more profitable was tobacco.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay So now you are saying that net profits are $600 per acre for hemp?  Looks like it is much more profitable than you were claiming before.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 "More like $600,000 for 100 acres. But as always, Jackass, don't let FACTS get in your way."

EPIC STUPID STONER MATH FAIL !!!

"In a July 1998 study issued by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Kentucky, researchers concluded that Kentucky hemp farmers could earn a net profit of $600 per acre for raising certified seeds"

Classic STUPA! stoner idiocy! ... too pig-ignorant to do simple multiplication.

Stuka1 = EPIC FAIL! ... again!

Keep sucking shit, stuka (kevin), it's what you do best!

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