CBS Poll: support for legalizing marijuana is at an all-time high

While US attorney general Jeff "Джеффри" Sessions is busy spreading phony anecdotes about the deadly effects of marijuana and pining for the days of the Reagan drug war, 61% of Americans think is should be legal for recreational purposes, according to a CBS poll released today. Eighty-eight percent think it should be legal for medical use.


Seventy-one percent oppose the federal government’s efforts to stop marijuana sales and its use in states that have legalized it, including opposition from most Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

Sixty-five percent think marijuana is less dangerous than most other drugs. And only 23 percent think legalizing marijuana leads to an increase violent crime.

More generally on the topic of drug abuse, 69 percent think that should be treated as an addiction and mental health problem rather than a criminal offense.

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  1. With the post title:

    Cheeky monkey.

  2. The important poll number would be how many understand and are enraged by the dangers of unnecessary prohibition. Being ok with legalization is quite different from being un-ok with prohibition, when rubber hits the road.

  3. This is always the poop cherry on top of the sundae. If someone has an addiction and wants to get clean, by all means, I would like them to be able to get treatment. But if it's not voluntary, it's just a kindler, gentler version of jail. Diversionary treatment is perhaps better than jail, but it still grants the conceit that drug abuse is inherently wrong and that it's the government's job to "fix" you, a premise I refuse to grant.

  4. Canada is going to legalize and regulate it July 1st, 2018. Feel like there is a big opportunity being missed here and not just in weed, but industrial hemp, which I feel like is going to be the bigger cash crop (paper, textiles, oils etc.).

  5. It's very weird living in a state where both medical and recreational pot have been legalized, yet the sale of such has not been approved by the state as of yet. Schrödinger's Bong.

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