4/20 poll: Support to legalize marijuana at all-time high
Apr 21 2017 by Larry Hoffman
"Sixty-one percent of respondents think that the use of marijuana should be legal, a five-point increase from past year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll", the pollster said.
In classic Black Friday fashion, many retailers offer 4/20 discounts of up to 30% for medical marijuana, and up to 50% for recreational, according to Pettrie of Potguide.com.
Seventy-one percent said they opposed the federal government's efforts to stop marijuana sales in states that have legalized it. Sixty-five percent said they believe the drug is lest unsafe than most other drugs.
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The belief that pot should be legal has reached a new high in CBS News polls. This sentiment has increased each year we've measured it since 2013, with the turning point to majority support coming in 2014. A recent Gallup poll found that 60 percent of Americans favor legalization.
83% support the legalization of medical cannabis compared to just 14% who opposed the idea.
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a memo to the nation's prosecutors this month that he's ordered a review of existing marijuana policy to see how it may conflict with the administration's crime-fighting agenda.
While 63% of Republicans oppose the federal government trying to stop marijuana use in these states, 76% of Democrats and 72% of independents oppose the federal government intervening.
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Marijuana entrepreneurs are capitalizing on 4/20, the annual pothead holiday, as an opportunity to sell even more weed than usual.
In 1996, California voters blew a hole in the anti-marijuana wall by saying sick people could use weed. If a doctor were to prescribe marijuana, about two-thirds of Americans, 66%, said that they would be likely to use it.
The mean age for people who tried marijuana was 17.9 years. The American marijuana wall may full of holes, but it hasn't been torn down yet.
But there's one person who doesn't agree, and he happens to be the chief law enforcement officer of the US government.
There are partisan differences. And of those who have tried weed, 44 percent now use it.
For most users, it's a social activity; 88 percent of the respondents say they consume with their close friends. Most Americans under 65 say they have tried it, while just a quarter of seniors 65 and older have.
The poll by Ipsos was conducted for Global News between April 10 and 11, 2017, interviewing 1,004 Canadian adults who were members of an online panel.
56% view using pot as a socially acceptable practice.
USA law enforcement agencies arrested 620,000 people nationwide for possession of marijuana in 2014, according to data released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A probabilistic sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.