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A slight majority of adults say the federal government should not attempt to enforce federal marijuana laws in states which have voted to legalize it, according to a new YouGov poll. Some 51% of respondents said the federal government should “exempt adults who follow state law from enforcement.”
The poll was conducted December 5 and 6 among 1,000 adults. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.
The poll comes as the Obama administration ponders how to respond to last month’s passage of marijuana legalization measures Amendment 64 in Colorado and I-502 in Washington. While possession of up to an ounce by adults became legal last week in Washington and will become legal within weeks in Colorado, both states have a matter of months to come up with regulatory structures for commercial marijuana cultivation and distribution.
Fewer than one-third (30%) of respondents said the federal government should “enforce the drugs laws the same way it does in other states,” while an unusually high 20% of respondents were not sure.
This is the second poll this month to find a majority saying the question of legalization should be left to the states. ACBS News poll last week had 59% of respondents saying it should be up to the states. Like the YouGuv poll, this poll had only about one-third (34%) saying it should be up to the federal government.