Poll: If State Legalizes Pot, Feds Should Be Cool With It
But Americans still split on legalization itself
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Gary Parrish smokes marijuana in a glass pipe, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, just after midnight at the Space Needle in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – It's now legal to smoke pot while watching a Lord of the Rings marathon in Washington state, but questions persist over how the pot-prohibiting federal government should react. A new USA Today/Gallup poll clarifies how Americans feel about two of the biggies: Respondents remain split on the issue of legalization itself, with 50% of respondents against it and 48% for it. But once a state does legalize it, the feds should stay out of it, according to 64% of respondents. Just 34% said the federal government should still take steps to enforce its laws.

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Dec 7, 2012 9:59 AM CST
for the federal government refusing to acknowledge what the people rightfully approved through the democratic (voting) process compromises its image as a bastion of " freedom and democracy"..but many will not see this because they are distracted by political posturing
Dec 7, 2012 8:58 AM CST
Hey i'm cool with it (cough) (cough) zZzZzZz
Dec 6, 2012 11:53 PM CST
As soon as all the other states see the millions, if not billions, in tax dollars that Colorado and Washington take in, they'll all be jumping aboard the train to Potville.