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In D.C., broad support for medical marijuana

The D.C. Council's vote today allowing doctors in the nation's capital to prescribe medical marijuana falls in line with the views of a large majority of Washington residents.

A Washington Post poll conducted earlier this year found broad support for such a measure, with eight in 10 Washingtonians in favor of allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana, though with some divides on how permissive the law should be. Most said it should be available to any patient whose doctor thinks it could help, but 17 percent favored limiting it to those with serious illnesses and 18 percent felt it should only be available to the terminally ill.

D.C. residents' views on the matter were similar to those nationwide, according to a Post-ABC News poll conducted in January. In that poll, 81 percent favored medical marijuana.

In D.C., support for permitting medical marijuana is highest among whites (89 percent favor it compared with 75 percent of African Americans), in Northwest (85 percent back it) and among those with more formal education. Looking ahead to the mayoral contest, among those registered Democrats who said they were undecided about whom to support in the primary, 76 percent felt medical marijuana should be permitted, 14 percent said not.

Q. Regardless of what you think about the personal non-medical use of marijuana, do you think doctors should or should not be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes to treat their patients?

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SOURCE: Washington Post poll conducted Jan. 24-28 among a random sample of 1,135 adult residents of the District of Columbia. The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.

By Jennifer Agiesta  |  May 4, 2010; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  D.C.  
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We're going to make sure that the right wing knows Catania and Mendelson voted in favor of legalizing merryjewanna and make sure that the left knows that these self important hypocrites spit on the will of the people by completely rewriting a law supported by 7 of 10 District voters. Home rule? Hah. Does it matter to DC residents whether their will is ignored by Congress or local political hacks like these two clowns? Good luck on election day boys! Not a great economy in which to find yourself unemployed.

Posted by: bpayne2 | May 4, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that the headlines are all over the place on this issue.
In California, they are attempting to close the licensed Marijuana dispensiaries,
The FBI just came out and said that the number 1 CASH CROP for the cartels in MEXICO to sell in the U.S is MARIJUANA?

And in WASHINGTON D.C. the nations capitol, 80% want it legal for medical problems....
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?
We spend how many billions on trying to stop a prohibited plant / herb/ drug that could grow wild and was legal until 1964?

Posted by: TDickson1 | May 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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