In this divisive age, it’s not all that often that democrats and republicans get on the same page. But a little bit of common ground can be found in the space of the Venn diagram where the government and marijuana circles overlap. According to a new study by the Marijuana Policy Project and published in the Washington Times, even an ultra-conservative state like South Carolina shows a 65% majority wanting the feds to butt out of their medical marijuana laws.
The findings closely mirror other polls showing states of a more bluish hue such as Iowa and New Hampshire favoring a nix on federal intervention in MMJ law by 71 and 73% respectively. It could be that liberal hippies like their grass too much to want it taken away and the conservatives hate Obama’s government too much to let them tell them what to do in regards to anything at all. And so an uneasy alliance has been reached.
The teetering of the issue atop the iron curtain that partitions conservatives and liberals can be seen in South Carolina Governor Lindsey Graham’s remarks on the subject. When it comes to legalization, the presidential hopeful is fairly tight-lipped and non-committal, saying the issue is “pretty far down [his] list of priorities.”
When it comes to medical marijuana provisions in his state, the governor has been slightly less tight-lipped and seems to be easing himself off the fence. “This is about people. This is about families with sick children. Why should someone in my position get in the way of helping a child, if you can reasonably and logically do it?”
Meanwhile, chairman of Marijuana Majority Tom Angell is making the case that marijuana should be a more talked about issue for politicians.
“The Obama administration has made some helpful accommodations to let states start to move forward, but overarching federal prohibition laws still stand in the way of full and effective implementation,” Angell told the Washington Times. “Presidential contenders in both parties would do well to make marijuana law reform a prominent issue in their campaigns, and they’d be better off doing it before other candidates realize just how much of a winning issue this is with voters.”