CBS Poll: Most Americans Want Marijuana Legalized Now!

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Jay Brockman
Another year, another well-respected national poll confirms that a majority of Americans think that marijuana should be legal under federal law.

In April 2013, Pew Research found that for the first time since it began polling people back in the 1970s, most Americans thought pot should be legal. Now, CBS News has found that a majority of respondents favor marijuana legalization. It's a view shared by 51 percent of those polled versus just 44 percent who still oppose legal weed.

But what else did the poll find?

The poll confirms that attitudes about pot have shifted radically in just the past few years. For example, CBS found, as recently as October 2011, when Obama began a crackdown on California's medical marijuana industry, the same percentage of Americans that now favor legalization--51 percent--still opposed it. And in April 2013, the poll showed Americans evenly divided on the question, with 45 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed.

Some other interesting findings:

*In 1979, a whopping 69 percent of Americans opposed pot legalization

*The only group of Americans who still oppose legal pot are those 65 and older

*59 percent of Democrats and 72 percent of "liberals" favor legalization while 61 percent of both conservatives and Republicans oppose it

*While most Americans also favor medical marijuana, only a third believe that most people allowed to smoke it under state medical marijuana laws are actually sick.


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shampoovtaca
shampoovtaca

So is California law enforcement in the mood to take on a new billion dollar industry with Fed backing? Will there be anymore unpleasantness with police unions blocking legislation? 


Look the good old days of confiscated DARE vans packed with woofers and tweeters blaring hip music on some school playground is long over. The gravy train has been hijacked. 

brmomich
brmomich

^^ all prescription drugs by the way....donkey, care to ride on my dick to prove my point?

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church topcommenter

I asked my pastor what my opinion should be and how I should feel about legalizing weed. He told me the Bible says we should do only natural things and snorting weed is unnatural. So that's my opinion.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Funny, if MOST people favor legalization, why don't Real Leagalization initiatives get enough votes at the ballot to pass.



20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Beiber should quit the juice and just hit the ganje. 

thesch
thesch

Dont legalize it, keep it the way it is. The price will double.  Makes me wonder how many cartels will be opening shop?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

Tell these Americans to get to a jury pool immediately.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

I think most people with any sense of compassion and fairness approve legalization. And my response to those who complain about people who fib to get medical marijuana scripts is: so what? If they legalized it no one would have to worry about that, right? Anyone over the age of 21 can buy as much alcohol as they please, but if I want to smoke dope I need a prescription? Hypocrisy, I say.

brmomich
brmomich

@DonkeyHotay They did douche bag. Perhaps you should one day learn that the States of Colorado and Washington are part of the Union :)

brmomich
brmomich

@FishWithoutBicycle

Well, they'll just say you can have any number of other available prescriptions to ease your pains such as Valium, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Dilaudid, Morphine, adderall, etc... why won't you just join our team and take your fucking meds? BECAUSE THAT SHIT IS POISIN!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@brmomich


... damn you're dumber than a box of rocks.

Neither Washington nor Colorado came close to LEGALIZING marijuana.


Colorado's A64 did NOT remove a single FELONY statute against marijuana from Colorado law.


Colorado's A64 did NOT remove a single Misdemeanor criminal statute against marijuana from Colorado law.

Colorado's A64 EXPLICITLY reaffirmed that ANY SALES between Consenting Adults shall REMAIN ILLEGAL -- a FELONY for even a single gram or joint.

Only a brain-dead clueless bong-sucking fuckwit would call that "legalization".

brmomich
brmomich

@DonkeyHotay BTW get a fucking job you loser. You're on every forum on the net hating on pot like a POS troll happily does. If I were a loved on of yours, I'd take you out in the woods and dig a hole...nothing more an individual like yourself is good for. Maybe down the road we can pump some oil from your decaying ugliness :) Fuck your mother bitch

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@brmomich@FishWithoutBicycle 

Sometimes I seriously think the only real difference between legal drugs and illegal drugs is PR spin. I think people take a lot of legal, prescription drugs that they don't need because of clever marketing by pharmaceutical companies who are in bed with the FDA. Big pharma doesn't make any profit if you ease your pain with a simple plant you can grow with minimal effort in your own home. :-(

kadargo
kadargo

@brmomich@DonkeyHotayHis job is to make up shit and use it to attack people.  Apparently it makes him feel better.  What a fucking loser he is.

kadargo
kadargo

@DonkeyHotay  You continue to whine and whine abut this and yet you do nothing to make changes.  Attacking people online is not going to change anything, dumbshit.  Where's YOUR ballot initiative?  Oh yeah, that's right.  That would be work.  Better to do this.  Right, loser?

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