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Friday, June 5, 2009

Marijuana Reform Questions Once Again Popular In White House Online Poll

June 3, 2009 - Washington, DC, USA

Washington, DC: Questions pertaining to marijuana law reform are among the most popular public policy issues, as voted on by the public, in a new White House online poll.

Specifically, the public's call to legalize and regulate marijuana for personal and medical purposes finished among the top 10 questions, according to the poll.

In all, over 900 policy questions were submitted and voted on by the public during the week of May 21 to May 28, 2009.

According to the White House, the purpose of the poll is to "ensure that [the public's] ideas inform the development of open government recommendations and the writing of subsequent policy and the development of open government projects as soon as possible."

In previous White House sponsored online polls, questions pertaining to the legalization of marijuana have consistently garnered the top spot.

Commenting on the results, NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said: "In both online surveys and in national public opinion polls, voters' support for common sense marijuana law reform – including the regulation of cannabis for adults – is greater than at any time in history. For the Obama administration, marijuana law reform represents a political opportunity, not a political liability. Federal lawmakers from both parties would be wise to embrace the results of this and other polls and act accordingly."

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at: (202) 483-5500.