Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Support for legal cannabis hits new high in U.S.

More Americans Want Marijuana: Voters Across All Party Lines Support Legalizing Weed - Janice Williams, Newsweek:

April 3, 2017 - "Support for legalizing marijuana is at its highest with U.S. voters across the political spectrum — whether Democrats, Republicans or independents, according to a new poll by the General Social Survey. Although a higher percentage of Democratic voters agreed marijuana should be legal in the U.S. compared to Republican voters, overall, nearly 60 percent of Americans thought 'the use of marijuana should be legal' in 2017.

"The nationwide survey, which is conducted every two years, found 57 percent of Americans supported legalizing marijuana in 2016 compared to just 52 percent of the country in 2014. Support for legal cannabis has been steadily increasing among Americans since 2006 when it reached 35 percent.

"Although support for legalizing medical and adult use of pot has differed over the years among political affiliations, in 2016, 63 percent of Democratic voters and 63 percent of independent voters said they “think marijuana should be legal.” Although just 40 percent of Republicans backed legalizing marijuana—up just one percent from 2014’s 39 percent—support for the plant has continued to increase among the party since its lowest number, 12 percent, in 1990.

"Support was also up among all age groups. Just 42 percent of seniors thought weed should be legalized in 2016 and more than half of voters ages 18 to 34 — 66 percent — supported legal marijuana. Fifty-nine percent of people 35 to 49 and 56 percent of those 50 to 64 thought cannabis should be legal in the U.S."

"The survey comes as lawmakers from Colorado introduced legislation that would not only remove cannabis’ Schedule I classification under the Controlled Substances Act but would also allow the federal government to regulate the plant in a manner similar to the alcohol industry."

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/marijuana-legalization-legal-states-poll-578502
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