Marijuana Should Be Legal, 55 Percent Say

Jan 8, 2014

In a dra­matic switch from recent decades, a clear major­ity of Amer­i­cans say smok­ing mar­i­juana on a recre­ational basis should be legal. In fact, a new CNN-ORC Inter­na­tional poll indi­cates that the moral stigma attached with smok­ing the drug has plum­meted, too, and now fewer find fault with the activ­ity in terms of see­ing it as a sign of sub­par val­ues. Specif­i­cally: Fully 55 per­cent of sur­vey respon­dents said mar­i­juana should be legal. Only 44 per­cent said it should remain ille­gal. CNN said Amer­i­cans have been slowly but steadily embrac­ing the idea of legal­ized mar­i­juana for the last 25 years. In 1987, about 16 per­cent sup­ported legal­iz­ing the drug. In 1996, that sta­tis­tic was 26 per­cent; in 2002, it was 34 per­cent, and just a cou­ple years ago, it was 43 per­cent. But this is the first time a clear major­ity found sense in legal­iz­ing the drug. Still, there are sev­eral key demo­graphic dif­fer­ences, CNN said. “There are big dif­fer­ences on age, region, party ID and gen­der, with senior cit­i­zens, Repub­li­cans and South­ern­ers the only major demo­graphic groups who still oppose the legal use of pot,” said CNN polling direc­tor Keat­ing Hol­land. For exam­ple: Two-thirds of those between the ages of 18 and 34 said pot should be legal. Only 64 per­cent between the ages of 34 and 49 felt sim­i­larly, CNN reported. The find­ings show a major shift in Amer­i­can cul­ture since the days of Pres­i­dent Nixon, who declared drugs “pub­lic enemy Num­ber One,” and 65 per­cent in the coun­try agreed that mar­i­juana use was a seri­ous prob­lem. “Atti­tudes toward the effects of mar­i­juana and whether it is morally wrong to smoke pot have changed dra­mat­i­cally over time,” Mr. Hol­land said. “That also means that mar­i­juana use is just not all that impor­tant to Amer­i­cans any longer.” Source: Wash­ing­ton Times (DC) Author: Cheryl K. Chum­ley, The Wash­ing­ton Times Pub­lished: Jan­u­ary 7, 2014 Copy­right: 2014 The Wash­ing­ton Times, LLC Web­site: http://​www​.wash​times​.com/ Con­tact: letters@​washingtontimes.​com

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Mar­i­juana Should Be Legal, 55 Per­cent Say

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