Support for marijuana legalization just hit an all time high
Apr 24 2017 by Larry Hoffman
The Obama administration had adopted a mostly hands-off policy on states that had voted to legalize recreational marijuana, but the Trump administration has hinted that they will likely not be as liberal on the issue. A total of 61 percent of respondents said that they think marijuana should be legal, which is an increase of five percent from last year's poll, and more than 20 points higher than 2011.
Sixty-one percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a CBS News poll released Thursday. Millennials ages 18-34 overwhelmingly support recreational marijuana by 76 percent, while those ages 35-64 all support legalization in the low 60s.
Sixty-five percent of people actually think that marijuana is less risky than other drugs as well, indicating increased public awareness of distinctions that marijuana advocates have been trying to draw for decades.
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Only 33 percent of respondents in the poll released Thursday said marijuana shouldn't be made legal in the USA, a three percent decrease from 2016. Only seven percent of Americans thought marijuana was more harmful, while 28 percent said both were equally harmful. But vigorous campaigns for legalization, alongside growing frustrations about the state of drug laws in America, have done much to turn the tide. The poll showed that 65 percent think that marijuana is not as risky as other drugs, and 23 percent believe that the legalization of the drug would lead to crime. Only 37 percent of people over the age of 65 thought weed should be legal, compared to over 60 percent of every other age group.
Indeed, the drug is now legal for at least medicinal purposes in a majority of states. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ― who has stated his personal opposition to weed ― has anxious some marijuana advocates with ominous comments about the supposed dangers of loosening restrictions on the nation's favorite illicit substance.