Poll: 53% of Americans Support Legalizing Cannabis

A chart showing the rapidly increasing support for legalization in the U.S.
A chart showing the rapidly increasing support for legalization in the U.S.

A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a majority of those in the United States support legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes.

According to the poll, 53% of Americans support legalizing cannabis, with 44% opposed. As recently as 2006, just 32% supported cannabis legalization, while nearly twice as many (60%) were opposed.

“Millennials (currently 18-34) have been in the forefront of this change: 68% favor legalizing marijuana use, by far the highest percentage of any age cohort”, according to a Tuesday press release. “But across all generations –except for the Silent Generation (ages 70-87) – support for legalization has risen sharply over the past decade.”

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Poll: 80% of Moms, 67% of Dads Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis in Victoria, Australia

New polling out of Victoria, Australia has found that a large percentage of parents are in favor of legalizing cannabis for medical purposes.medical-marijuana2-630

The Herald Sun Primary School Parents’ Survey released earlier this week found that 80% of moms, and 67% of dads, support allowing doctors to prescribe medical cannabis to children with illness that can benefit from the medicine.

These results are in line with a 7-News / ReachTEL poll released in July, which found that only 14% of those in Australia oppose legalizing medical cannabis.

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New Survey: Cannabis Legalization Hasn’t Increased Young Adult Usage Rates in Colorado

A new survey of over 1,000 young adults living in the United States has found that cannabis usage rates among the age groupMarijuana (those aged 18 to 25) hasn’t increased in Colorado since voters legalized the plant – including state-licensed sales – in 2012.

The study, conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, found that; “Despite the recent legalization of the sale of recreational marijuana in the state, young adult respondents from Colorado do NOT show much difference in marijuana use and attitudes. For example, 48.7% of youth surveyed in Colorado admitted they have used marijuana [similar to previous years] compared to 40.7% of the rest of the country.”

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Poll: 66% of Americans Say Private Cannabis Consumption Should be Legal

66% of Americans believe that adults should be able to legally possess and consume cannabis in their own homes, according toLos Angeles City Council Votes To Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries a HuffingtonPost/YouGov survey released earlier this month.

According to the poll, 72% of Democrats and 70% of Independents believe that the private consumption of recreational cannabis should be legal. Republicans are also in support, 50% to 39%.

55% of the survey’s respondents, including 62% of Democrats and 60% of Independents, also stated that they support statewide laws which seek to legalize, tax and regulate the production and retail sale of cannabis to adults, such as laws approved in 2012 in Colorado (Amendment 64) and Washington State (Initiative 502).

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New Poll: Strong Support for Cannabis Legalization in North Carolina

A new Public Policy Polling survey has found strong support for cannabis law reform in the State of North Carolina. According to the poll, 48% of those in the state are in support of recreational cannabisnc legalization, with just 42% opposed. When it comes to legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, 63% are in support.

Last year the same polling firm found 39% of those in the state to be in support of recreational cannabis legalization, meaning this new poll represents a 9% increase in support.

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New RAND Report Reveals Predictions of Washington Cannabis Consumption for 2013 Not Even Close

A new report released from the RAND Drug Policy Research Center has found that past projections of cannabis consumptionstock2 in Washington for 2013 fell short – by hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The report estimates the weight of cannabis consumed in Washington in 2013 based on data collected from existing household surveys and a new web-based consumption survey, and the results indicate that previous projections of Washington’s consumption rate for 2013 reflected less than half of actual consumption for the year:

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New Report: Cannabis Use On the Rise, Use of Prescription Painkillers, Cocaine and Meth Declining

The 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health was released today, finding for at least the 6th straight year that cannabis consumption is on the rise.jointsmoking The report found that 7.3% of those 12 and older consumed cannabis in 2012, up from 5.8% in 2007.

Despite the rise in cannabis consumption, the use of prescription painkillers, cocaine and meth has been on a consistent decline; the usage of other drugs, such as psychedelics, remain steady.

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