75% of Americans believe marijuana will be fully legalized
A newly released Pew Research Poll shows that three-quarters of Americans believe that cannabis will be fully legal.
Even those who oppose legalization say that at some point marijuana will be legal to consume and sell.
According to the Pew Research Center, “by wide margins, the public views marijuana as less harmful than alcohol, both to personal health and to society more generally.”
This adds to the momentum of legalization activists who are now steadily seeing poll after poll showing a majority support for changing marijuana laws across the country.
Furthermore, 76% of respondents say that people should not go to jail for possessing small amounts of cannabis.
It was only four years ago that a majority opposed legalization at 52% and now those opinions have reversed, with Pew showing 54% now in favor.
Pew also found only 16% wanting to keep pot illegal in all instances.
They concluded by stating “on a personal level, most Americans say that, if marijuana were legal, they would be bothered by people using the drug in public (63%), though fewer (41%) would be bothered if a store or business selling marijuana opened in their neighborhood. Just 15% would be bothered if people used marijuana in their own homes.”
Also found in their polling was 67% of Americans saying that the government should focus more on providing treatment for those who use illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Just 26% think the government’s focus should be on prosecuting users of such hard drugs.
Conservative estimates put monthly cannabis users in the US at around 19 million people.
By: Stephen Carter
Contact Stephen via email at TXCann@gmail.com