New polling data on marijuana legalization in Hawaii was released in a joint press conference on Thursday by the Drug Policy Action Group, the ACLU and Q Mark Research. 81% of Hawaii state residents support medical marijuana with 78% supporting the issuance of licenses for dispensaries to facilitate access to the medicine.
Opinion on marijuana legalization was favored by 57% and opposed by 40% with a margin of error of about 4%. Legalization without reference to taxes and regulations was not offered as an alternative by the poll takers. Other questions showed poll respondents having strong support for fines under decriminalization or taxes under legalization to be earmarked towards the prevention of drug use, public education and other popular ideas.
Two other findings included 65% of poll respondents agreeing that the war on drugs was too costly and that the position of a legislator on marijuana legalization was a vote moving issue for about 55% of respondents. In this last case 33% of respondents indicated a greater likelihood of supporting a candidate who favored reforming marijuana laws while 22% would be more likely to oppose such a candidate.