More Americans Than Ever Support Marijuana Legalization

There is a five-point increase from 2016, and both the medical and the recreational use seem to scare people less.

A June 2015 Fairleigh Dickinson University/Public Mind Poll found 49 percent support personal pot use, 46 percent opposed it. And women are now as much in favor of legal marijuana as men are; in previous years they were less so.

The government says it intends to bring other products, including pot-infused edibles, into the legalized sphere once federal regulations for production and sale are developed and brought into force.

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A CBS News survey, released on Thursday, April 20 - a day that has become a pot holiday - found that more than six in 10 Americans, or 61 percent, said they believe marijuana should be legal, a five-point increase over past year and 10-point jump from 2014.

Generally, most Americans think habitual drug use should be treated as an addiction problem rather than a criminal offense.

Trudeau, who admitted to smoking pot after becoming an MP, told Bloomberg on Thursday that Canadas legalization strategy is built around a recognition that marijuana is “not good” for the developing brains of young people.

A majority of those polled strongly disagreed with the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug alongside narcotics and feel the policy does not make sense given the legality of alcohol and tobacco.

Most of the public also believes that marijuana is not physically or mentally harmful, and believe it's safer than alcohol, according to the poll.

In addition, more people say they have tried marijuana than before, with half of Americans saying they've used the drug at least once. Support for legal medical marijuana was overwhelming, with 88 percent of respondents expressing approval.

"There has been an increase in the number of homeless in Colorado, where that is coming from is open to a lot of interpretation", Brohl said, adding that a portion of taxes collected from marijuana goes towards combating homelessness.

Fuchs, who owns the business with his father, Marty, said he's doubling his usual entry fee to $20 for the 4/20 weekend. At the same time, most of the respondents under this age, regardless of gender, support it. Americans under 35 show the strongest support.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the department executive director, Barbara Brohl, told IL lawmakers at a hearing Wednesday that she believes the legal market for marijuana is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention, and providing a safer product. Seniors remain the one age group for whom a majority still think marijuana use should be against the law.

  • Carolyn Briggs