Published: Sun, April 23, 2017
Health | By Constance Griffith

Number of Americans Supporting Legal Pot Shoots Higher

While the beginnings of this high holiday are a bit, ahem, smoky, there are no shortages of 4/20 events taking place across the country - both legally and illegally, we're sure - but especially in states like Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. While in the past, this holiday was an underground celebration of an illegal substance, today it is the feature of many companies and brands as they attempt to capitalize on the growing popularity of the herb and its culture.

But according to the CBS poll, that's an unpopular position with Democrats and Republicans alike.

"Of note, 33% of marijuana users believe parents have not spoken to their children about marijuana because they do not want to encourage its use", noted the researchers at the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Much of that number came from those who oppose the legislation: While 58 per cent of supporters believed 18 was "about right", 86 per cent of the opposition sought a higher legal age.

The head of Colorado's Department of Revenue has spoken to IL legislators considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state. Support for legal medical marijuana was overwhelming, with 88 percent of respondents expressing approval.

Generally, most Americans (69 percent) think habitual drug use should be treated as an addiction and mental health problem rather than a criminal offense.

Sixty-one percent of Americans are in favor of legal weed, up five points from 2016. People who have tried or use marijuana are more likely to worry children will smoke cigarettes.

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In addition to the increase in support for legalizing marijuana, a majority of voters wanted to see the federal government loosen its restrictions and laws on cannabis, with 71 percent saying they opposed interference with marijuana sales and use in legal states.

Despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions' threat to crack down on states that have legalized marijuana in one form or another, support for legal weed is fairly steady across party lines.

Of those surveyed, 60% felt that marijuana should be legalized in the USA, with 73% opposing any federal intervention against states that have voted to legalize medical or recreational marijuana.

Support for legalization has risen among all age groups - particularly those under 55. Now half of Americans say they have tried it, similar to a year ago, though up from a third who said they did in 1997.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,062 USA voters from April 12 - 18, and found a margin of error of 3%.

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