Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Poll

This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from November 1 through November 4, 2017. A total of 625 registered Illinois voters were interviewed statewide by telephone.
Those interviewed were randomly selected from a phone-matched Illinois voter registration list that included both land-line and cell phone numbers. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter turnout by county.
The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than ± 4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if all voters were surveyed. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or age grouping.

QUESTION: Now I want to ask a few questions more specific about marijuana policy in Illinois. Currently, possessing 10 grams of marijuana – enough for about 30 joints – is not a crime in Illinois. Instead, it is a civil violation like a traffic ticket. Many people call this policy “decriminalization.” Medical marijuana use is also legal in Illinois. Knowing that personal marijuana possession is already decriminalized in Illinois, which one of the following marijuana policies do you prefer: [ORDER ROTATED]

  • Keep the current policy of decriminalization and medical marijuana
  • Keep the current policy of decriminalization but repeal medical marijuana
  • Change the current policy of decriminalization by legalizing commercial production, use and sale of marijuana for recreational use-Make all marijuana use illegal



Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. “Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy Poll.” Web. 8 March 2018.


States consider ‘sanctuary’ status for cannabis businesses

Taking a cue from the fight over immigration, some states that have legalized marijuana are considering providing so-called sanctuary status for licensed pot businesses, hoping to protect the fledgling industry from a shift in federal enforcement policy.

Just hours after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Jan. 4 that federal prosecutors would be free to crack down on marijuana operations as they see fit, Jesse Arreguin, the mayor in Berkeley, California, summoned city councilman Ben Bartlett to his office with a novel idea.

Berkeley was already the first city in the nation to formally declare itself a sanctuary city on immigration, barring city officials from cooperating with federal authorities. Why not do the same thing with marijuana? Last month, it did.

“We knew we had to do something,” Bartlett said. “This is a new engine of a healthy economy.”

Others may soon follow Berkeley’s lead: Alaska, California and Massachusetts lawmakers are among those with similar bills pending, though the chances for passage is unclear.


“States consider ‘sanctuary’ status for cannabis businesses.” 6 March 2018. Web. 6 March 2018.

What Maine clients get if they pay for delivery: Free pot

But is it legal? Marijuana gifting services like Greenlyght charge a $90-per-quarter-ounce fee to transport their product to Maine users.

Bret Jackson is a marijuana deliveryman, an affable, well-dressed middleman who makes his living in the unregulated gray area of marijuana gifting.

He’s not a cannabis grower, but he knows people who grow legally. He doesn’t have a store, but he has a website where customers can shop for their own cannabis gift. Upon order, Jackson or one of his two full-time drivers will deliver the gift to the recipient, usually within the hour, at a place of the customer’s choosing, like their home, a local park or a coffee shop. The marijuana is free, Jackson insists, but it costs $90 to deliver every quarter-ounce gift.


Overton, Penelope. “What Maine clients get if they pay for delivery: Free pot.” Web. 5 March 2018.

Almost all cannabis on Britain’s streets ‘super strength’ and could be driving mental health problems

Nearly all cannabis on Britain’s streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fuelling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned.

Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found 94 per cent were of a dangerously high potency.

In 2005 just 51 per cent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk.

Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations.


Knapton, Sarah. “Almost all cannabis on Britain’s streets ‘super strength’ and could be driving mental health problems.” 28 February 2018. Web. 1 March 2018.

How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Heart Rate?

There are over 630,000 deaths annually in the United States due to heart disease, which represent nearly a quarter of all deaths. An additional 140,000 deaths result from stroke. Cannabis consumers are used to warnings about the potential damage the drug is doing to their brain, but what about their heart? Could cannabis be affecting our cardiovascular health?


Kaplan, Josh. “How Does Cannabis Consumption Affect Heart Rate?” 23 February 2018. Web. 28 February 2018.

NJ marijuana legalization: Black lawmakers see nightmare vision of NJ high on legal weed

New Jersey’s black lawmakers, who may decide whether marijuana becomes legal in the state, are hearing a dystopian vision of a society in which babies are exposed to pot smoke, teenagers munch on marijuana-laced foods in school cafeterias, and the leaf replaces tomatoes and blueberries as a symbol of Garden State agriculture.

With 19 members, all of them Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus is taking on a high-profile role as lawmakers consider whether to make New Jersey the second state to legalize adult use of marijuana through legislation rather than a voter referendum. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy supports the idea.

Some black lawmakers are pushing back against Murphy’s argument that legal marijuana would reduce disparities in drug-related arrests among white and non-white populations while freeing up police and prosecutors for more serious crimes. Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, has said he plans to present Murphy with a legalization bill early in the governor’s term.


Nash, James. “NJ marijuana legalization: Black lawmakers see nightmare vision of NJ high on legal weed.” 26 February 2018. Web. 26 February 2018.

Auto crash deaths multiply after April 20 cannabis parties

U.S. traffic fatalities rise dramatically on the day pot smokers celebrate as “Weed Day.”

In the quarter-century since High Times magazine proclaimed April 20 a time to light up and smoke marijuana, traffic fatalities have spiked 12 percent on that date, compared to one week before or after, a new study shows.


Scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from ‘unwanted’ side effects

Scientists have found a way to separate medical benefits of cannabis from its unwanted side effects. The research was carried out in mice, but it is hoped that the breakthrough will pave the way for safe cannabis-based therapies that do not cause alterations in mood, perception or memory. Last year the team discovered how the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, known as THC, reduces tumor growth in cancer patients.


University of East Anglia. “Scientists separate medical benefits of cannabis from ‘unwanted’ side effects.” 9 July 2015. Web. 13 February 2018.

Any dose of alcohol combined with cannabis significantly increases levels of THC in blood

Cannabis plus alcohol is one of the most frequently detected drug combinations in car accidents, yet the interaction of these two compounds is still poorly understood. A study shows for the first time that the simultaneous use of alcohol and cannabis produces significantly higher blood concentrations of cannabis’s main psychoactive constituent, THC, as well as THC’s primary active metabolite than cannabis use alone.


American Association for Clinical Chemistry. “Any dose of alcohol combined with cannabis significantly increases levels of THC in blood.” 27 May 2015. Web. 13 February 2018.

Collisions Attributable to Cannabis: Estimating the Harms and Costs in the Canadian Provinces

After alcohol, cannabis is the most widely used psychoactive substance in
Canada and cannabinoids are among the most common psychoactive
substances found in dead and injured drivers in Canada (Beasley &
Beirness, 2011; Brubacher et al., 2016). In 2012, approximately 10% of
Canadians aged 15 and older used cannabis and just under half of those
reported driving within two hours of using it (Health Canada, 2012).
However, there remains a lot that we don’t know about the extent and
costs associated with driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC). As
Canada is poised to introduce legislation to regulate cannabis, conversations
on the harms related to cannabis and driving are becoming increasingly relevant.

This study, “Estimating the Harms and Costs of Cannabis-Attributable Collisions in the Canadian Provinces,” is one of the first in Canada to address knowledge gaps about the costs associated with DUIC.  It estimates:
– The number of people in each province who were killed or injured in a motor vehicle collision (MVC) in which a driver was DUIC, or involved in a property-damage-only (PDO) crash in which
one of the drivers was DUIC; and
– The total economic and social costs associated with collisions in which cannabis use was involved. The study results will help to inform policies and practices aimed at reducing harms related to DUIC.

Description of the Study
To achieve these goals, data were collected from national self-report
surveys and roadside surveys. The data were used to estimate the
prevalence of DUIC by age and province.

Cost of Cannabis Collisions in Canadian Provinces in 2012 [infog


Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction “Collisions Attributable to Cannabis: Estimating the Harms and Costs in the Canadian Provinces.” Web. 8 February 2018.