Oklahomans ready to consider medical marijuana at the polls
A recent SoonerPoll found that a majority of Oklahomans would like to see the issue of the use of medical marijuana on the ballot.
When asked if� they support a statewide vote to decide the issue of the use of medical marijuana for patients when prescribed by a licensed physician 54.4 percent of respondents said they did while only 33.6 percent said they did not.
�This is not necessarily an endorsement There are two motives to put it on the ballot,� Keith Gaddie, Vice President of SoonerPoll, said. �One is to put it on to approve it; the other is to settle the issue by voting it down.
SoonerPoll.com, Oklahoma�s public opinion pollster, commissioned and conducted the study that used live interviewers by telephone of 500 likely voters from April 5 � 15, 2010. The study has a margin of error of � 4.38 percent.
Further analysis of results indicates that 46.2 percent of those respondents who consider themselves to be conservative agree that medical marijuana should be decided on a ballot.� Though 46.2 percent does not compare to the 72.7 percent of liberals who would like to see this issue on a ballot, it is more than the 41.7 percent of conservatives who disagree and indicates a shift in Oklahoma that is beyond party lines.
�You look at medicinal marijuana like a prohibition vote,� Gaddie said.� "It�s not that you have the votes to overturn prohibition; it�s that the public is willing to consider the issue and willing to express their opinion on it."
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