A new high: Poll finds record support for pot legalization

Support for legalization was strongest among 18 to 34-year-olds, at 72 per cent, and weakest among those 55 and older at 55 per cent.

In the poll released on Thursday, 60 percent of American voters supported the legalization of marijuana. Even most Americans who oppose legalizing marijuana think so.

Support for medical marijuana was even higher at 88 percent. QU said that is “also the highest level of support in any national poll”. As such, 53 percent of people in the CBS poll think alcohol is more harmful than marijuana. “The numbers fly in the face of the “sky is falling” depiction of the nation’s economic health”.

In addition, people seem to strongly disagree with Sessions’s characterization that marijuana is akin to other drugs such as heroin.

Eighty-eight percent of Americans, including those across the political spectrum, however, said they support allowing doctors to prescribe small amounts of marijuana to patients suffering from serious illnesses. Colorado marked $1bn billion in legal marijuana sales in 2016, just 10 months after it legalised the drug. Sixty-five percent of people actually think that marijuana is less risky than other drugs as well, indicating increased public awareness of distinctions that marijuana advocates have been trying to draw for decades.

CBS has been polling Americans on their views on marijuana since 2013.

West Virginia became the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana yesterday.

Trudeau, who admitted to smoking pot after becoming an MP, told Bloomberg on Thursday that Canada’s legalization strategy is built around a recognition that marijuana is “not good” for the developing brains of young people. Sessions in the past has compared marijuana use to opioid addiction and promised to do his utmost to oppose its legalization in the long term.

While most parents want to keep marijuana away from their children, 56 percent of the respondents say marijuana use is socially acceptable. Independents are a little more likely to have tried it than either Democrats or Republicans.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,062 USA voters from April 12 – 18, and found a margin of error of 3%. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request.

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