Alaskan Legalization Behind in Latest Polls
August 21st, 2014
Policy, Top News
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Alaska appears unlikely based on a recent survey by Public Policy Polling. While a May 2014 poll by the same group shows support for the movement, a more recent poll found inadequate support for the measure, despite backing from the Marijuana Policy Project. The results should be taken with a grain of salt, however, due to the difficulty of polling in the state.
The new poll found that recreational marijuana would be likely to fail 44% to 49%, contradicting an earlier poll showing 48% to 45% in support of the move. Interestingly, the second poll found support for legalization among young voters to be surprisingly low relative to the national averages. While it’s possible young Alaskans are more conservative, the results could be due to difficulties polling.
Oregon and Washington D.C., two other states contemplating the recreational legalization of marijuana, are ahead in the latest polls. Pro-marijuana advocates are hoping that Alaska doesn’t become a state successful in getting the measure approved for the ballot with a victory on Election Day. These setbacks, which occurred to California in 2010 and Oregon in 2012, can be significant.
Of course, even a failure in Alaska could be offset by successes elsewhere across the U.S. Oregon and Washington D.C. would join Colorado and Washington State in the legalization of recreational marijuana. The existing programs have been widely successful in lowering violent crime and raising tax revenue without any significant unintended consequences rearing their heads to date.
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