Majority of conservatives support some form of pot legalization at CPAC
Conservatives participating in a poll at the 2014 CPAC conference showed that conservatives are very much coming around to the idea of cannabis legalization.
Asked if they supported full legalization, medical marijuana, or keeping it illegal, 41% marked support for legalization while 21% thought it should only be legalized for medical use. Of the remaining respondents, 31% believed cannabis should stay illegal and the rest of those polled abstained.
This means that 62% of conservatives support some form of legalization.
Being one of the last remaining groups where legalization supporters still need to make more inroads, efforts to change opinions on marijuana seems to even be changing minds amongst conservatives, giving even more evidence to support the conclusion that cannabis legalization is inevitable.
With the exception of those 65 and older, majorities in every age group supported some form of legalization. There was a very large youth presence this year as well.
For the presidential straw poll, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who is a supporter of hemp legalization, relaxing marijuana possession laws, and respecting state laws on the matter, came out with a large lead on top at 31%, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz coming in second netting only 11%. This is the second year in a row Paul has won the poll, grabbing 25% in 2013.
There are groups working to change minds within the GOP, one group being Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition or RAMP, who is holding their inaugural meeting in Houston this month.
Their goal is to convince conservatives that the criminalization of marijuana goes against conservative principles while demonstrating the medicinal qualities of the plant.
By: Stephen Carter
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