2014-02-05 / News

Should West Virginia legalize use of marijuana?

State’s online encyclopedia new poll:

The West Virginia Encyclopedia recently posted a new opinion poll question at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

Visitors to e-WV are encouraged to vote on the question: “Should West Virginia legalize the use of marijuana?”

“The purpose of our e-WV: West Virginia Encyclopedia poll is to determine how West Virginians feel about issues of the day,” says e-WV publisher Ken Sullivan.

“While this is a nonscientific sampling based on voluntary response, we believe it is indicative of public sentiment given the number of people taking the time to respond.” Sullivan added that the Encyclopedia doesn’t take a position on the issues.

The online state encyclopedia is operated by the West Virginia Humanities Council. It has conducted previous polls on year-round public schools, the use of tolls to facilitate highway construction, wind turbines, legislative redistricting, and other topics.

The West Virginia Encyclopedia is an interactive website showcasing West Virginia’s history, culture, and people. It is enhanced with audio and video, hundreds of illustrations, maps, time lines, and other features. In keeping with the Humanities Council’s mission of service, the digital resource is free of charge and available to anyone with an internet connection.

The online encyclopedia is a product of the West Virginia Encyclopedia project that has been under way at the Humanities Council for more than a decade.

The project is best known for its one-volume West Virginia Encyclopedia, which became a regional bestseller after its publication on June 20, 2006.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Humanities Council, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25301; 304-346-8500.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is a nonprofit corporation governed by a board of directors whose members are drawn from all parts of West Virginia. It is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supported by the NEH, the State of West Virginia, and by contributions from the private sector.

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I have responded to the

I have responded to the survey. My thoughts - I do not indulge and have never heard of anyone dying from using marijuana. However, I do believe if it was legal, it would be a good sales tax for WV. It would also free up the local law enforcement so they could spend more time tracking down the distribution of killing drugs like cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, and also the selling of illegal perscription drugs by dealers. Because we are so close to Washington, DC, Baltimore, and 522 running through Berkeley Springs, let's face it, it gives dealers a great opportunity to offer these hard drugs to young teenagers, who just want to experiment but sometimes it also can be a fatal one.