SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- A new poll of San Diego County voters shows strong support for Proposition 215, California's medical marijuana law, and overwhelming opposition to the Board of Supervisors' planned suit aimed at overturning the law. A 3-1 majority of voters also said they would be less likely to vote for their supervisor if he or she voted to pursue the lawsuit.
In the random survey of San Diego County voters, conducted by Evans/McDonough Company, Inc., 67 percent said they support Proposition 215, while only 30 percent said they oppose it. Fully 70 percent said the county "should follow state law and issue medical marijuana ID cards to qualifying patients." And 78 percent agreed with the statement, "The San Diego County Board of Supervisors should not be spending taxpayer money suing the state to try to overturn California's medical marijuana law," while only 21 percent disagreed. An even larger majority, 80 percent, agreed that the proposed suit "is wasting taxpayers' money."
The survey also suggests that the suit could cost supervisors political support, with 62 percent indicating they would be less likely to vote for their supervisor's reelection if he or she voted to sue to overturn Prop. 215. Only 20 percent said they would be more likely to vote for such a supervisor.
The poll, conducted by phone Jan. 3-4, 2006, has a margin of error of 4.38 percent, and was paid for by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). The full results are available by clicking the button above or at http://mpp.org/pdf/SDCityPoll100406.pdf.
"Politicians shouldn't interfere with the medical decisions that my doctors and I make," said Rudy Reyes of La Mesa, who uses medical marijuana to treat pain and muscle contractions resulting from burns covering 75 percent of his body that he suffered in the area's October 2003 wildfires. "It's a relief to know that county voters support patients, and the Board of Supervisors should listen to the people who elected them."
"Every city, county, state, and national poll conducted in the U.S. over the last 25 years has shown that a clear majority of voters support legal medical marijuana, and San Diego County voters are no exception," said Rob Kampia, executive director of MPP in Washington, D.C. "By spending tax money to try to overturn a popular medical marijuana law, the county supervisors are doing the bidding of the White House drug czar, but he doesn't vote in San Diego. The supervisors pursue their suit against the state government at their own peril."
With more than 19,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana—both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use. MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is imprisonment. For more information, please visit www.MarijuanaPolicy.org.