Another Poll Shows Majority Support Legalizing Pot

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Ho-hum. Another day, another poll showing a majority of Americans are sick of the War on Drugs and favor marijuana legalization.

Of 1,003 Americans nationwide contacted by Canadian firm Angus Reid Public Opinion, 55 percent said they support the legalization of marijuana while 40 percent were opposed, according to a new poll released Tuesday. This is a 10 percent jump from last fall, when Gallup saw what was an "all-time high" with 46 percent of respondents believing cannabis should be legal in the United States.

Perhaps the biggest news out of this new poll, though, is that more and more Americans are tired of the War on Drugs.


This poll reached a healthy sample size of Republicans and Democrats of all ages, locations and income levels, noted the poll's researchers, and "confidence in the "War on Drugs" is decidedly low," notes Mario Canseco, Angus Reid's vice president. To wit, 64 percent of respondents think that the country has a serious drug abuse problem, yet only 9 percent favor continuing the War on Drugs, compared to 67 percent who say, despite Nancy Reagan and law enforcement's best efforts, the drug war is a bust.

"The overall indication is that most people - -Republicans included -- see it as a failure,"  Canseco said.

The poll also shows that residents of the North American continent are beginning to feel similar about marijuana. That'd be Americans and Canadians, pard. The purpose of the poll was to "find out whether Americans regard pot the same way most Canadians do -- as a substance that is akin to alcohol (legalize, tax, regulate) and less like the other "hard" drugs," Canseco wrote in an e-mail. "It turns out our views as a whole are very similar."

This means that very few Americans -- under 10 percent -- support legalizing or decriminalizing ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, or other "hard" drugs. Yet they favor legalizing pot. That so few Americans think pot and hard drugs are on the same level -- the Drug Enforcement Administration's stance notwithstanding -- is certainly part of a paradigm shift, in part generational.

"The survey shows a country that is concerned about the effects of drugs, and at the same time deeply disappointed with the efforts of the U.S. government to deal with the drug trade," the survey reports. "Cannabis is definitely not seen as a substance that is as harmful as other illegal drugs, as evidenced in the minuscule level of support for the legalization of cocaine or heroin."

But what will change? Who can say. The firm also reported a majority of Americans favoring marijuana legalization in 2009 and 2010, when marijuana semi-legalization initiative Proposition 19 failed at the ballot.

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Williams
Williams

The Mexican police are still out of commision and tunnels are being built right now as we sit, stop the shwag marijuana and bring down the Canadian Northern Lights! I just quit smoking marijuana because I get a bit too tired lately (burn out) and it makes my bowels move instantly (good for constipation) and I sober up in 15 minutes!  A week ago I ate a piece of Hash at 10 pm, I woke up at 6am as if I had not slept, my ear were ringing and my stomach was unresting. I went to the doctor, $70, and the first thing is says is Cannabis does not kill you. Did you hear that? The MD says that marijuana does not kill you. I may smoke one day in case of an emergency but I just want to clean up for a few months and see what happens (intense vivid dreams and more energy from not having to detox).

bossanova
bossanova

Their version: No matter what the dollar cost to tax payers we must keep pot illegal to protect them.Alternate version: Legalize it and hope for the best.

concernedparentandtaxpayer
concernedparentandtaxpayer

Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators over marijuana. None of us would want to see an older family member’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants for their aches and pains. It’s time to stop putting our own family members in jail over marijuana.   If ordinary Americans could grow a little marijuana in their own back yards, it would be about as valuable as home-grown tomatoes. Let's put the criminals out of business and get them out of our neighborhoods. Let's let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.   Here's one way that IT IS REALLY WORKING: Arresting the criminals and collecting a fee from registered growers (and bringing in thousands of dollars to support the county budget); what a great plan! This is the way to build a better America! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/...   The current proposal before Congress, bill HR 2306, will allow states to decide how they will regulate marijuana. Email your Congressperson and Senators at http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Ele... and ask them to sign on as a CO-SPONSOR of HR 2306.And a big THANK YOU to the courageous, freedom loving legislators, governors, and countless others who are working so hard to bring this through! You’re doing a great patriotic service for all of America!

jway
jway

Alcohol was legalized in 1933 and marijuana prohibited in 1937 - this gives us several decades' worth of data to determine which is the best policy to control these highly-popular recreational drugs.

While alcohol legalization has successfully kept the alcohol industry free from organized crime, the marijuana prohibition has made marijuana readily available to teenagers and draws criminals into our neighborhoods trying to sell marijuana to our kids.

In addition, the federal marijuana prohibition diverts more than $10 billion a year to the Mexican drug cartels and provided them with an incentive to brutally murder more than 40,000 people in just the last five years - including law enforcement officers, lawyers, children, legislators and journalists. The combination of unrelenting demand and zero legal supply has caused extreme harm to a great many innocent people without yielding any discernible benefit back to society.

It's time to stop the experiment and control marijuana like alcohol. We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales - to keep drug-dealing criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana businesses should be regulated just like any other business, and home marijuana production should be just as legal as making home brew.

Mr.Rasta
Mr.Rasta

I honesty hope and pray everyday for the legalization of marijuana so I just can just sit outside after work and just smoke.

This drug war is seriously retarded.

Jon Ber
Jon Ber

Legalizing marijuana should have been done decades ago!

The only question that remains, is how stupid are we for to do it?

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