Survey USA released today a poll of the Washington referendum question that would regulate and legalize growing, distributing and possessing small amounts of marijuana. The results are startling.
In the poll, 57% favor passage of the referendum question and just 34% oppose it. This result follows Gallup reporting this year that nationally for the first time a majority supports regulation and legalization of Marijuana. And support for medical marijuana laws regularly approaches 80% in polling.
All this points to a public opinion tipping point being reached concerning the criminalization of Marijuana. A number of factors are likely at work in moving public opinion, but Ron Paul's Presidential campaign that embraced legalizing marijuana may have accelerated changing opinion.
By engaging the thinking of tens of millions of people, prominent but failed Presidential campaigns can still change the course of America. I suspect that Ron Paul and his campaign is doing that on the issue of marijuana control.
But the real test comes this November 6th at the ballot box, when Colorado and Oregon will also have marijuana referendum questions on the ballot. The fate of those questions will be part of a fascinating, consequential election day in our great democracy.