By Jason Sattler

Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High

April 4, 2013 3:05 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 10 Comments A+ / A-
Support For Marijuana Legalization Reaches All-Time High

A majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana for the first time in four decades of polling, according to Pew Research. Legalizing the drug — which has already happened in two states, while it has been decriminalized in 14 others — is supported by 52 percent of Americans; 45 percent would like to continue the federal prohibition against cannabis.

The shift in public attitudes seems closely tied to the public’s growing weariness with imprisoning people for nonviolent drug crimes, with 72 percent saying that government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they are worth.

The percentage of Americans who see smoking marijuana as a “moral” issue has flipped since 2006. Then 50 percent said use of the drug was a moral issue. Today the same percentage say otherwise. This could be the effect of many seeing the so-called “War on Drugs” as more immoral than drug use itself.


Another key factor in the country’s growing tolerance for the drug is Baby Boomers supporting legalization at even greater numbers than they did in the 1970s.
The generational divide on the drug — and the most overwhelming evidence that the cultural shift on marijuana will be permanent — comes from the answers to the question, “Have you ever happened to try marijuana in the past year?”

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  • judgeglenda

    marijinia is better for chronic pain than pills, it will give you a little while of no pain at all while pills does not get rid of feeling no pain at all. i wish kentucky would get some regulated just for that reason.

    • republiCONsanddemsarebothsuck

      move to colorado

  • republiCONsanddemsarebothsuck

    Big pharma extracts everything they use from natural substances. Statins from grapefruit, asprin from vinegar. They want to keep marijuana illegal because they know that if you knew what they know, you would dump big pharma’s crap like a bad habit.

    Obama is in big pharma and the for profit health cabals back pocket.

    Obama is proof that bribes work.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    If they legalize Reefer right now, this is not going to give back the lives of all the people who have been put in prison, or killed over the past 40 years or so.

    Plus this is not going to repay back to the government all the money they have blown on the War on Drugs using OUR taxes!

    It should have never been made illegal in the first dam place.

  • Jim Myers

    I simply cannot wait for the GOP heavy hitters to call these studies an example of biased reporting.

    Maybe they can ask for stricter regulations to enhance the war on drugs.

  • R. DuFresne

    Our prison are full of people who did not commit a violent act but more so had on them varying amount of marijuana. Time to stop using 3 strike rule where this type of crime is committed unless violence was included in crime. Leave the prisons for the violent, need to be isolated from society type criminals.

  • Bill Thompson

    As a 57 year old and a product of the 70s. I have seen the long term result of weed. Friends that use it to this day have jobs that went no where and there ability to retire may never happen. I will say people should not be put in jail. But I don’t want to see it common place. Aren’t the people of this country stupid enough without any help? To say nothing of the cost to ones health.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      I am also a product as you are and 63 years old.

      Go no where? I’ve seen that even without ever taking any illegal drugs. Retire? blame our Corporations, not the drug.

      IF you want to condemn one drug, you might as well condemn them all. Each and every single drug, either legal or illegal has drawbacks and consequences tor its use. Look at all the drawbacks to using prescription drugs.

      Reefer is the least dangerous of them all.

      Do you really want to know what the most dangerous drug is? Alcohol! I’ve seen what Alcohol can do and reefer couldn’t hold a candle to it as far as being dangerous.

      Reefer is and has been as common as the nose on your face. I’m surprised it doesn’t grow as any other product in this country.

    • Chris Hennick

      Dead-end jobs happen to lots of people who *don’t* smoke pot.

  • JDavidS

    I’m quite surprised. Only 7% in my demographic have toked within the past year…yet 54% have done weed. 7%… wow. I’m a minority. Hell, I could have answered yes to “within the last 48 hours”.

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