In a recent survey, Hawaii residents voted 57 percent in favor of the full legalization of marijuana. In the survey, 600 residents of Oahu, Maui and Kauai were asked a series of questions related to the implementation of state laws, governing the sale and use of marijuana.
The survey results are strikingly in favor of more liberal marijuana laws. The findings show 78 percent of those surveyed, support medical marijuana offered in a dispensary system. Another 69 percent felt that jail time for minor marijuana offenses is inappropriate, and 57 percent favor legalized, taxed and regulated marijuana.
Jan. 13, TN Global Travel Industry News cites, "Pamela Lichty, President of the Drug Policy Action Group, presented highlights from a new report on the potential economic impacts of marijuana legalization" Marijuana's approval rating increased by 20 percent above the previous survey conducted in 2005.
University of Hawaii economist, David Nixon, examined the economic impact of decriminalizing marijuana. He found that the state and county government could save $9 million every year by legalizing marijuana. It would add an estimated $11 million in yearly revenues if properly taxed, Nixon says.