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Georgians favor medical marijuana, but not guns on campus, poll says

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 3:25 PM
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ATLANTA -- A majority of Georgians favor legalizing access of medical marijuana while a larger majority opposes allowing guns on college campuses, according to a survey released Thursday.

In a poll conducted Tuesday by automated calling, 51 percent of registered voters said they favor doctor-prescribed medical marijuana “in very specific instances, such as in a liquid form to reduce seizures from young children.” The numbers were roughly the same for Republicans and Democrats but just shy of a majority for people who describe themselves as independents.

This comes after both Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston have been quoted in the media saying they are open to consider legalizing medical uses of marijuana.

“The key here is that any legislation must be on a limited basis. That said, Republicans and Democrats both support this legislation by well over 50 percent, while independent voters are close to a majority as well,” said Matt Towery, president of InsiderAdvantage and a former legislator.

Opposing it are 27 percent of those questioned, and another 22 percent were undecided or had no opinion.

The poll was conducted by InsiderAdvantage for WAGA-TV of Atlanta and Morris News among 2,613 registered voters and has a 1.9 percent margin of error.

The issue of guns on campus is likely to be a major one during the current legislative session. When asked for an opinion of allowing guns carried by students and others on college campuses, just 31 percent were in favor, and 56 percent opposed.

Ralston said its passage is his priority.

“This is about making sure that we protect and expand the Second Amendment rights of Georgians, period,” he said. “We’re not going to back down in the House from that.”

Sen. Frank Ginn, R-Danielsville, sponsored the original bill that passed the House and Senate last year but stalled over a disagreement over each version. His version focused on recognizing concealed-weapons permits issued by the state of South Carolina and didn’t include the campus-carry provision until the House added it. He agrees that weapons could be jarring to students who aren’t used to being around guns.

“There was so much good on the bill for it to get bogged down on the campus-carry issue,” he said.

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deestafford
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deestafford 01/16/14 - 05:11 pm
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Now, what type of person will be available...

Now, what type of person will be available to answer a robo-automated polling phone call? I hope the legislature does not depend on such flimsy vehicles such as this upon which to base a decision. Ignorance abounds and much of it is available to answer automated polling calls.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/16/14 - 05:57 pm
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Problem #1: the governor and

Problem #1: the governor and the legislature don't give a tinker's damn about what the majority of residents support.
Problem #2: Georgia doesn't have a referendum/initiative process and it never will. A voter initiative would allow medical marihuana in the state in <18 months.
Problem #3: patients in Georgia who could benefit from medical marijuana are screwed.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 01/16/14 - 06:04 pm
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Flawed desision making
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Deestafford; you hit the nail on the head! Pot heads, addled as they are, can answer the land line phone in the basement of their mom’s home. “Medical pot” is the saddest joke played on the American public I know of. With a FDA and AMA looking for the next miracle drug addicts keep doing an end run with “recommendations” of “medical” pot to be sold in a converted gas station. Growers of this dope use some lethal chemicals to produce highs never heard of before and no one knows exactly what they are smoking or why, other than an addiction. This also bypasses of the FTC to provide protection to the public. When my Doctor writes a prescription that I can have filled at a real drug store, then we can say we have medical pot.

Bantana
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Bantana 01/16/14 - 08:19 pm
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oldredneckman

you really shouldn't comment on issues you have little accurate knowledge of. medical marijuana growers are tightly controlled and regulated with every seed and plant inventoried. law enforcement/revenue agencies maintain constant video surveillance of commercial grow operations and the potency has nothing to do with chemicals, but rather it is a result of hybridization of various strains. the anticipated hysteria of some has simply not materialized and colorado law enforcement officials have experienced no unusual problems with the introduction of recreational sales and are encouraged by the professionalism of businesses selling marijuana products and their efforts to operate to the letter of the law. the denver post is a legitimate source of information on this issue. with that said, the greatest danger to the buying public is not one of lethal chemicals, but rather mold and high levels of usda approved herbicides. those issues are being addressed by putting into place a testing regimen with labeling of product to assure consumers that the products are organic and chemical free. there is nothing to suggest that the products currently being marketed are harmful to the public because of any chemical adulterants. and yes, i have done a great deal of research on this issue and look forward to the day that marijuana products are legally available to the citizens of georgia over the age of 21, with the substantial tax revenue going to public schools and enforcement initiatives as it is in colorado.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/16/14 - 08:31 pm
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Bantana, you are full of

Bantana, you are full of crap, there are lots of people in California that are licensed to grow it for medicinal purposes and they are growing it in their backyards. And if you think that nobody else consumes that pot, you are not living in reality.

Your research, quite frankly, stinks.

And the state isn't going to get a lot of tax revenue, it grows so easily in so many places that as soon as it is legal, every Tom, Dick and Harry will be growing it in their backyards.

Get real.

Bantana
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Bantana 01/16/14 - 08:37 pm
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robo call polling ?

and one more thing as it relates to the demographics of those reached by robo calls...it is accepted by those in the polling industry that the vast majority of those poll participants are "mature" citizens. when was the last time you saw a slacker without an obama phone?

Bantana
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Bantana 01/16/14 - 08:43 pm
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corgi

:-)))). you really haven't been keeping up with the remarks published from law enforcement, legislative and revenue officials. do you honestly think that law enforcement is not all over potential violators. you should go to the state of colorado website dealing with these issues before popping off.

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wmarkw 01/16/14 - 10:36 pm
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Well said Bantana

Very thought out reply. The other two posters are truly ignorant when it comes to this subject. Every tom dick and harry will grow?!!? Insane. Just because you can grow azaleas doesnt mean you grow high grade medical cannabis. While I agree the California system is a joke it will be irrelevant cause that state will follow the CO program and be legal by 2016. New Hampshire just voted to legalize for recreational use yesterday (still has to pass some hurdles see article) and it will be on the ticket this fall in Florida for medical use. Marijuana Legalization Bill To Be Introduced In Maryland as well.

"In Colorado, in the first week of legalization, we took $5 million away from drug dealers," he continued. "The more we take away, the more their business shrinks. The more money we take from them, the less access to drugs they give to kids."

I see $$$ sign with the green rush movement. Its like Yahoo back when the .com e-commerce was laughed at. Go research pot stocks and do some due diligence and it could pay off.

http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/10230372-95/new-hampshire-house-passe...

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/16/262481852/florida-bill-would-...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/maryland-marijuana-bill-proposa...

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OJP 01/17/14 - 12:25 am
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Legalization is really the only sensible option.

The tax revenue will be huge, we will spend less money arresting and throwing nonviolent drug users in jail for years, fewer lives will be ruined for what is not a big deal (if alcohol consumption isn't), and the drug cartels will be hit where it hurts: the wallet.

This is a no-brainer.

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KSL 01/17/14 - 02:29 am
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You are darned right. My son

You are darned right. My son took a gun to college with him. Guess what, nobody died the entire 4 years.

KSL
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KSL 01/17/14 - 02:48 am
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He continues to own a number

He continues to own a number of guns. Killed or wounded nobody.

KSL
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KSL 01/17/14 - 03:08 am
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Pretty sure he didn't do

Pretty sure he didn't do drugs. He was a scholarship athlete. And he had an academic scholarship.

I hope not one cent of my money ever goes to your child to set foot on a college campus.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/17/14 - 06:26 am
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Bantana, surely you are

Bantana, surely you are intelligent enough to know that if they legalize marijuana that there will be others (maybe not every Tom, Dick, and Harry) but there will be those who will grow it where they can. Heck I dated a guy who grew it in his spare bedroom. Not everyone will grow high grade and/or for medicinal purpose either. commercial growers may be monitored but as with everything there are those who will not follow the letter of the law and whether it's harmful chemicals or mold, there will be problems......problems we already have true, but legalizing it isn't going to remove those issues.

(wmarkw) ""In Colorado, in the first week of legalization, we took $5 million away from drug dealers," he continued. "The more we take away, the more their business shrinks. The more money we take from them, the less access to drugs they give to kids." "

This is so incorrect, and you want to talk about being ignorant. If legalized marijuana is regulated for those 21 and over, how is it that there is less access to drugs they give to kids. All you have done is taken some of the business away from legalized adults. They will lower their price and still sell it to those who are under age because they can't buy it legally. You've made it legal for adults but teens will still buy it illegally and the only good that may come from this is the benefits for medical purposes.

wmarkw
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wmarkw 01/17/14 - 08:09 am
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Ahhh for Christ

If you think that statement was incorrect then argue it with the person who stated it and challenge their facts. If you have done your accounting down here and if you think they have missed something important then please do the US a favor and point it out!!! You could be famous.

Who cares if a redneck grows it in his basement; doesnt mean cancer patients or people who need it for other medicinal purposes will be lining up at his house for his ditch weed. They are smarter (gasp!) than that. No it will be the kids (yours probably) wanting to buy his stuff and guess what???? The already do!! Shocker!

If some dude wants to buy legally and then turn around and sell to the kiddies illegally then oh well it already happens. This isnt news. People have access to the devil weed long before it was legal.

You and others really need to read up on the law, regulations and how it all works.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/17/14 - 08:13 am
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Bantana, I don't have to go

Bantana, I don't have to go to any website.

I grew up in California and go there several times each year.

I know first-hand. I don't have to do "research".

Get real.

Quit believing "websites" who don't always tell the truth.

Sheesh.

And, growing up in California in the 60's and 70's, yes, I know how to grow high-grade pot. It's not brain surgery, it's easy to do. Everybody that grew up there knew how to do it.

wmarkw
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wmarkw 01/17/14 - 08:14 am
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Harry Reid Backs Medical Marijuana

If this idiot is on board then no stopping the green rush train. $$$$$$

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/16/harry-reid-medical-marijuana_n_...

"If you’d asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer -- I would have said no, because [marijuana] leads to other stuff," Reid was quoted as saying. "But I can’t say that anymore."

"I think we need to take a real close look at this,” he added. “I think that there’s some medical reasons for marijuana."

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/17/14 - 08:36 am
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Everyone knows the only

Everyone knows the only reason pot is illegal because of that nutcase Anslinger who made it his life work to make it illegal by hook or crook. All the hype and negativity was pure imagination-marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years. When it was made illegal it killed the most effective program to deter alcoholism at that time-pot. There is no evidence it will make your crazy, kill people, or lead to harder drugs (books written on the "gateway" myth). Liquid pot is already being dispensed in GA because it isn't pot-it is just one of many drugs on the market or soon to be derived from pot. Medical pot is the plant product only-not any derivative as a pill. However many patients say the medical pot works better at alleviating some symptom than the derivative pill forms.

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Bodhisattva 01/17/14 - 09:05 am
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Of course our bought and paid

Of course our bought and paid for politicians in Georgia will do the opposite of the will of the people.

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myfather15 01/17/14 - 09:53 am
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Bantana

You'll get nowhere with Corgimom!! She is definately one of those people with the mindset "If I believe it, it's fact!!!"

Evidence in the fact that "She doesn't have to do research." She "grew up in California." So she MUST know everything there is to know about marijuana, right?

Just like she KNOWS that most military war veterans take gruesome pictures, because she seen a few that came home from Vietnam with some pictures. That automatically makes her an expert to say that "most" do take pictures, especially now that they have smartphones.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/17/14 - 10:02 am
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But the bottom line is there

But the bottom line is there WILL be people growing marijuana in their own homes when it's legalized!!

Listen people, alcohol is legal, yet there are bootleggers in every corner of every County!! They sell on Sunday's and too underage people. There is a black market for alcohol!!

Cigarettes are legal, but guess what? There is a black market for those too!! We routinely catch people with 300-500 or more cartoons of illegal cigarettes!!

Yes, people WILL grow their own marijuana but it won't be an epidemic!! Also, they can regulate it, where you may only grow a certain amout of plants for personal use and you must register and have a license to grow it. Then they know whose supposed to be growing and who isn't. If you caught selling it and you don't have a license to do so, it will be a felony!!

Corgimom: Yes, I also know how to grow tomatoes but I can't seem to figure out how my friend grows his so big and sweet!! Every year his tomatoes are huge and taste AMAZING!!! He won't give his secret, but there is a huge difference. We both grow "Better Boys" but mine can't compete with his.

Same with marijuana!! I know a group of Jamaican's who moved to this area about 10 years ago and even folks on the street were telling us how what they grew, was amazing compared to Georgia grown. The Nutrition you give your plants, makes a big difference.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/17/14 - 10:19 am
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(wmarkw) “If you think that

(wmarkw) “If you think that statement was incorrect then argue it with the person who stated it and challenge their facts.”

Well wmarkw, since you posted the original quote, I assumed you agreed with the statement, and it is through logical reasoning that I came to my opinion. Don’t agree with it, that’s fine but your rude behavior may be signs of over indulging “dude”.

Also who said anything about rednecks growing weed or cancer patients seeking out common everyday growers. As for my “kids” I’m proud to say that they have managed to reach the age of adulthood with their mind in tack, a sense of responsiblity, and have held down good paying jobs since the age of 16 (which has been over 10 years) so your catty remark concerning them “buying their stuff” is just condescending babble. Shocker!!! (Not!) By the way, they also know how to state their opinion in a polite, respectful manner. Something you evidently need working on.

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debbiep38 01/17/14 - 10:47 am
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Corigi, you are correct.
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I know this Tom, Dick or Harry will have a yard covered with weed. WMARKW; thanks for the stock recommends. Bod, those bought and paid for politicians are Repubs AND Democrats, right?

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nocnoc 01/17/14 - 11:52 am
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Who was polled?

50/50 Right vs Left

or a majority of Stoners and Anti-Gunner Liberals?

What were Exact poll questions and the order asked?
What ZIP Codes where polled.
How were the "Random' Calls determined.

Just want to see if steps were taken to insure the POLL was Unbiased.

BTW:

Also, because I only see a carefully worded sentence, that dances around the question.

"...allowing guns carried by students and others on college campus."

Was the Question: "Should School Admins & Teachers be allowed to carry on campus." asked?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/17/14 - 11:52 am
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Question

How do the pollsters know that the 2,613 respondents were registered voters? You know how people like to lie.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/17/14 - 12:39 pm
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Apparently the potency of pot

Apparently the potency of pot being so much stronger now is a myth. They believe some of the most potent was grown in the 1800's-remember this has been around for thousands of years. A lot of the hoopla was the comparison in the US as the early 60's-70's had mexican "ditch weed", better jamaican, and killer columbian. The columbian compares to any high grade grown pot of today by THC content, but THC isn't what gives pot all it's high either-its the cannibidiol and other cannabinoids that produce the "whole" effect. THC is said the be the main "active" ingredient but it really it isn't that simple with a host of compounds producing effects. Just like nicotine isn't what produces cancer in cigarettes it's a host of other compounds. Nicotine is common in many foods like tomatoes and eggplant and maybe protective against Alzheimers and increase memory. Our bodies naturally produce cannabinoid-like compounds that bind to two types of receptors-CB1 and CB2. THC is the most potent agonist of CB-1 but other compounds bind to both that fatty acid related compounds.

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Bizkit 01/17/14 - 02:00 pm
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Personally I don't believe it

Personally I don't believe it should be legalized because how do you test someone for something that stays in their body for weeks? Work or accidents will have to have a new assay to determine when they were under the influence. I think kids will get a hold of it too but they already do so that really isn't an argument, taking the crime out of it sounds attractive but is it really true? Taxing it would be great too. It is a drug but so is alcohol. There are some health hazards from abuse like emphysema and behavioral issues-though alcohol is far more damaging and associates with violence. Still I'm hesitant and historically it has been demonized by society in about every century from problems with it too. Kids today think it's a new "hip" discovery but my generation tried it, my parents generation tried, go back to the founding father era then back to England keep going, keep going. etc.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/17/14 - 02:30 pm
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Appears all of wmarkw and

Appears all of wmarkw and Bantana's friends love the TD feature but can't add much critical thinking and discussion to any of the comments. Bizkit, you received a few TU until you mentioned you didn't think it was a good idea to legalize.......disregarding any of your comments about the good and bad or any kind of potentially harmful substance. Just thumbs down it and make themselves feel better.

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stuaby 01/17/14 - 05:15 pm
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Say it ain't so...

Damm. There goes the state of Georgia. Attaching the word "medical" to marijuana is a 1-to-1 analogy of the Trojan horse. This issue will now be pushed and pushed and pushed like a battering-ram until some bill is passed allowing "medical" marijuana. Refugees from blue states that are fiscal train wrecks will start drifting in; attracted to what little economic benefit and order there still is to be found here and the fact that they get "get high...fly guy". They'll pile into Atlanta, Augusta, Savannah, Columbus and other places where there's a little development. The voting patterns will start changing. Before you know it, the state will turn purple, and then blue. Somewhere along the way, they'll start up with the gay marriage nonsense.
Shrewd move. I've got to hand it to the people behind this. They know exactly what they're doing.
The rubes here won't be able to stop this as the use of the word "medical" will render too many of them like deer looking into a spotlight.

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