Pot Poll: Most Americans Want Marijuana To Be Legal

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Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal under federal law, and 50 percent of Americans think it actually will be within the next ten years, according to a poll commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project

The poll, which was carried out by the Raleigh, North Carolina-based firm Public Policy Polling, sampled the views of 1325 registered voters throughout the country. The results seem to confirm what's already in evidence with marijuana-friendly laws being enacted in more states each year: most Americans are fed up with the war on marijuana and think the federal government should move on to more pressing matters.

Breaking down the individual views of those surveyed along political lines, the poll found not surprisingly that more Democrats (68 percent) than Republicans (only 42 percent) favored marijuana legalization. The same breakdown occurred when respondents were asked if they thought pot actually will be legal within a decade: 59 percent of Democrats said yes and 30 percent said no whereas only 40 percent of Republicans thought so, compared to 46 percent who didn't. 

Interestingly, Latinos seem to really like marijuana: 67 percent of self-identified Hispanic voters felt pot should be legal, as compared to just 56 percent of African-Americans and 55 percent of whites. The only other group to come close to sharing the Latin love of la mota is the "Other" group, whatever that means, which came in at 59 percent. Asians maybe? Native Americans? Whoever they are, they're smoking weed. 

"Marijuana prohibition's days are numbered," said Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, which publicized the poll in a Dec. 4 press release. "New prominent voices are joining the chorus calling for change every day. Most thoughtful politicians have known for a long time that our marijuana prohibition laws are broken, but until recently the issue was considered too controversial to speak out about. Now more elected officials are beginning to realize that working to repeal failed status quo policies is not only the right thing to do, but that there's a large and growing constituency of voters who will have their backs in case out-of-touch opponents decide to launch stale 'soft on crime' attacks."

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Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

just keep your smoke to yourself i'm tired of smeling this shit everywhere

Linda Saslow
Linda Saslow

I have a very hard time with this. I don't like pot. I think it is a huge problem with individuals prone to psychosis (myself included). I think making it easier (and more socially acceptable) for the young and impressionable mentally ill to get pot will result in more psych admits. Some young people have no idea that the potential for psychosis is in their DNA and they end up in psych wards due to smoking weed. I've heard all the drug mafia elimination arguments and understand them. Still, I don't like the idea that more psychotic episodes will result due to legalized pot. I have to continue to vote against legal pot for my own reasons even though I consider myself very liberal.

Jason Hamelberg
Jason Hamelberg

Legalize, regulate, tax, and stop spending valuable tax $'s on the fight against marijuana... Sounds simple enough

Frank Diaz
Frank Diaz

The medicinal marijuana laws in Cali is a huge joke. Anybody can cleared by a "doctor" to get a card. Name any ailment and you'll get one. its a broken system. Pass the laws and tax the crap out of marijuana already.

Scott Kramer
Scott Kramer

Revenue. Why have the drug dealers make all the money?

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