According to new poll, majority of Americans support marijuana legalization

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in the United States are willing to legalize marijuana, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 53 per cent of respondents support this notion, while 43 per cent are opposed.

Less than 10 per cent of respondents support the legalization of other drugs, such as ecstasy, powder cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or “crystal meth” and crack cocaine.
The use of marijuana is illegal in the U.S. except in some regulated cases of medical use. The amount allowed for such purposes varies depending on the state. Some states have passed laws to reduce law enforcement for possession of small amounts of the substance.
In May, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, ruled out a push to legalize marijuana, adding, “I’ve never advocated legalization and certainly the president has made it clear that’s his position.”

53% support for marijuana legalization! This is a nationwide sampling with a margin of error of ±3.1%, which means that unless the sample was wildly inaccurate, we can safely say a majority of Americans now support marijuana legalization.
The question asked was “Do you support or oppose the legalization of each of the following drugs?” with no further explanation. With no prompting about the possible economic benefits of taxing cannabis or points about reforming criminal justice, with just the blanket term “legalization” which could lead to a range of solutions from strict marijuana pharmacies to open farmers’ markets, in other words, a question most likely to get the lowest favorable response, we just got 53%. 61% of Democrats and 55% of Independents support legalization, while only 43% of Republicans agree.
In another question the poll asked “The term “War on Drugs” has been used to describe the efforts of the U.S. government to reduce the illegal drug trade. From what you have seen, read or heard, would you describe the “War on Drugs” as a success or a failure?” 68% of Americans called it a failure, with two-thirds of Democrats and Republicans agreeing it’s a failure and over three-fourths of Independents. About 70% of respondents across all political and geographic demographics agreed that “America has a serious drug abuse problem and it affects the whole country.”

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  1. #100- Again wow…I’m not arguing that the war on drugs isn’t “a war on the poor,” but I’m on probation for possession paying out the nose to my home state (20 bucks a cup for MY pee)…cops might be bigoted, but the law is about money, period. I’m a white, middle class male, college student, and my PO and the outpatient courses I was forced to attend certainly are interested in milking the most out of me, and I’m not poor.
    Prohibition isn’t about the poor, it isn’t about race, and it for sure isn’t about Jesus. Or at least it shouldn’t be, because I can’t speak for all the 10-dollar-an hour heroes and Senators who belong to The Family. Sounds like you do too, Sowhat.
    It’s about money, man, our pleasant vices are being managed by the feds, that’s it.

  2. I agree with # 101 to a large degree as I am in exactly the same situation as you, white male but I don’t have money. it cost me more for my lawyer ($2000.00) than it did for my fine and court costs ($922.00). it was my first offense so I qualified for a conditional discharge. But when I went across the street from the courthouse and spoke with a black auto mechanic who had also been busted for weed, he said I got off easy because I was white. So there is truth to both sides. It is a racial issue and an economic issue but they both have a common denominator in that the law was founded on a LIE and therefore the law is UNJUST and should be DISOBEYED at every juncture until the law is REPEALED and cannabis is once again LEGAL.
    St. Thomas Aquinas said: “An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust”.
    Isaiah 10: 1-2; “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withold justice from the oppressed of my people”.

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