New Poll Shows New Mexico’s Growing Momentum for Marijuana Policy Reform

Press Release February 26, 2013
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SANTA FE – Yesterday, the Drug Policy Alliance released new polling data about New Mexican’s attitudes and opinions on marijuana.  The new data reflects that a majority of New Mexico voters are in favor of reforming our current marijuana laws. The poll was conducted by Research & Polling, Inc. in February, 2013.

“The dramatic shifts we’ve seen on the national level regarding marijuana penalty reduction are also reflected in our state. The money spent arresting, incarcerating, and prosecuting adults for simple marijuana possession could be better spent elsewhere,” stated Emily Kaltenbach, state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.  “Whether by the hand of lawmakers or a fed-up electorate, these laws are going to change in New Mexico.”

Released on the heels of Washington and Colorado voters making history by permitting the legal regulation of marijuana sales, the new state poll conducted by Research and Polling found:

The polls sample size was 514 statewide New Mexico voters with a maximum margin of error of approximately 4.4 percent.

In recent years, American attitudes have shifted dramatically on marijuana-related issues: For the first time, support for marijuana legalization topped 50 percent nationwide last year, according to Gallup, and a recent Mason-Dixon poll found that 67 percent of Republicans believe that the federal government should let states enforce their own medical marijuana laws, rather than prosecute people complying with state law. There is also growing momentum to reduce penalties for small amounts of marijuana, with California reducing penalties in 2010, Connecticut in 2011 and Rhode Island earlier this year. In the most recent November elections, both Colorado and Washington approved initiatives to legalize and regulate the recreational use and commercial production of marijuana.

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