As individuals join together across the country to celebrate 4/20 by lighting up, a new poll by CBS shows some positive news for pot enthusiasts nationwide that should surely lead to changes in more states at some point.
CBS conducted a poll that shows a vast majority of Americans believe pot should be legal. Furthermore, the support for marijuana legalization is the “highest” it’s ever been.
‘The belief that pot should be legal has reached a new high in CBS News polls. Sixty-one percent of Americans now say the it should be, a five-point increase from a year ago. This sentiment has increased each year we’ve measured it since 2013, with the turning point to majority support coming in 2014. Back in 1979, this poll found just 27 percent saying it should be legal.’
Wow. Baby, you’ve come a long, long way.
Also, they noted 88 percent of Americans support at least the legalization of medical marijuana.
The demographics broke it down showing individuals over 65 years of age were against pot’s legalization. Furthermore, the support for legalization is the same for women as men.
Even though Attorney General Jeff Sessions keeps insisting the federal government should enforce its outdated law on marijuana, only 23 percent of Americans believe legalizing pot would lead to an increase in crime. Twenty-two percent believe it decreases violent crime, and the majority believe it has little effect on the violent crime rate.
Furthermore, the opposition to federal enforcement of its drug laws spreads across party lines, which is a great sign. Sixty-three percent of Republicans and 76 percent of Democrats OPPOSE federal enforcement.
Take that Attorney General Forrest Gump.
However, a disunity amongst Republicans still exist.
Interestingly, the survey found that although individuals may oppose legalization, the majority of them still believe it shouldn’t be classified as a criminal offense, but as an addiction. Furthermore, the majority of the opposition feels medical marijuana should be legal.
These are promising signs. Change will come slowly for the entire nation, especially those in Washington; however, state wise legalization will happen with time. It already has. Several states have legalized recreational marijuana. Other states have at least legalized medical marijuana.
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