The Majority of Americans Have Smoked Marijuana And Liked It

Nick Mcbride
April 21, 2017

Meanwhile, in the US, a CBS news poll has found 61 per cent of Americans think pot should be legal, 88 per cent favour medical marijuana use, and 71 per cent oppose the federal government trying to stop marijuana sales in states where it's legal.

"Now we have an attorney general who is actively supporting a return to the '80s war on drugs policies, and you know this administration has been all over the place", said Justin Strekal, political director for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a pro-legalization group.

Sixty percent of voters were in favor of making marijuana use legal and 34 percent were opposed, the Hamden-based university said Thursday.

"I'm not sure we're going to be a better, healthier nation if we have marijuana sold at every corner grocery store", he said, though noting that "states can pass whatever laws they choose".

The belief that pot should be legal has reached a new high in CBS News polls.

Alex Newcombe, a 31-year-old who says he uses marijuana to help his anxiety, said he is disappointed by the Liberal legislation introduced last week.

State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, raised his concerns about marijuana still being illegal under federal law.

Support for medical marijuana was even higher at 88 percent. "And most Americans also think marijuana is less risky than most other drugs", CBS reports, "particularly those who say they have tried it".

The federal government's plans for legalizing recreational marijuana has many would-be players looking to carve out a role for themselves in the emerging market, including pharmaceutical distributors who already ship drugs across the country. According to CBS, the poll has seen a steady annual increase in support for legalization since as far back as 1979, during which year the figure was just 27 percent. Pot remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, which classifies it the same as heroin. The states that have provided the clearest and safest path for responsible use of the most contentious plant in human history.

They had unprecedented success at the polls in 2016, with voters in eight of nine states supporting initiatives to expand access to the drug.

"I don't feel like I did anything wrong or that I'm a frightful person", she said. If a doctor were to prescribe marijuana, about two-thirds of Americans, 66%, said that they would be likely to use it.

Support for marijuana legalisation has increased steadily since 2013, crossing to majority support in 2014.

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