Marijuana Measure Helps Motivate ‘Unlikely’ Voters

About one-third of “unlikely” voters in Oregon said they were more enthusiastic and more likely to vote after learning that a medical marijuana initiative was on their state’s ballot this year, according to a new survey released today by the measure’s campaign. Measure 74 – which has been endorsed by the Oregon state Democratic Party – would add state-licensed dispensaries to Oregon’s existing medical marijuana law.

According to the survey, which polled a random sampling of under-40, Democratic and independent voters, 31% of respondents said they were more likely to vote after hearing that Measure 74 was on the ballot, while only 18% were more enthusiastic after hearing about the contest between their state’s candidates for governor.

These findings add further merit to the argument many have made in the run-up to Nov. 2 – that marijuana initiatives could be the key to increasing youth voter turnout in this and future elections. Once mainstream political candidates acknowledge that there is a large and growing constituency of voters who want to see our marijuana laws change, it will hopefully be just a matter of time until they begin to embrace marijuana reform as a major issue that’s in their own best interests to endorse.

As Jon Walker points out, in Oregon’s 1998 election, more total votes were cast for Measure 67, the medical marijuana initiative, than for any other statewide candidate or ballot measure.

4 thoughts on “Marijuana Measure Helps Motivate ‘Unlikely’ Voters”

  1. Mabe becuase the so called up in comming pot heads(so were refered to as)are the MAJORITY not the minority.

  2. This is pretty much a positive trend towards the future.
    People are serious about their freedom and a better life.
    No more political trade-offs of the two.

    Go out and VOTE!

  3. Marijuana Laws are changing from coast to coast, which states will be left behind and which will benefit the most?

    I am running as a candidate for State Assembly in Wisconsin on the issue of marijuana reform. We are talking about hemp and cannabis with truth, honesty and compassion. http://www.jayselthofner.com/wordpress/

    One paper reported that the Wisconsin Dems should have put pot on the ballot. http://www.thedailypage.com/daily/article.php?article=30836

    I feel there are the right candidates out there, we just need to vote them into office.

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