Where is pot legal? A look at shifting US marijuana policy

Under the ordinance, dispensaries, which are permitted by the state to sell medical marijuana products, could be located within certain township zoning classifications : mixed commercial use areas, rural village-high density zones, community commercial centers, or manufacturing and technology districts.

Though marijuana is legal for all adults in Colorado, people under 21 still need a doctor's recommendation to get the drug.

Peter Bensinger, a former administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, cited federal statistics showing marijuana use among teenagers initially increased 20 percent in the first two years after legalization in Colorado, compared with the two years prior.

Those over 65 are the most opposed to legalization, but most under age 65 support it.

Brohl said that in Colorado, the roughly $200 million in tax revenue from more than $1 billion in sales past year also provides $40 million for schools.

Today is 4/20, the unofficial but much celebrated holiday for recreational marijuana use. Most men have tried it, while most women say they haven't.

Most Americans are not especially anxious about marijuana use among the nation's youth.

Politically, opposition for federal interference with marijuana legalization spans the divide, with all groups showing support for states' rights: Republicans at 63 per cent, 76 per cent of Democrats and 72 per cent of Independents.

"Hopefully this poll will go a long way toward convincing them that it is in fact safe to say what you believe, which is that it's time to stop treating the responsible use of marijuana has a criminal justice issue", said Leach.

In that press conference, Spicer equated recreational marijuana use to the opiate crisis.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

Carney has repeatedly said he supports medical marijuana and the decriminalization of the drug and that he wants to see what problems the eight other states with legal markets have encountered. Both Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman have said they're both ready to defend their states' cannabis programs from attacks by the Trump administration. Most Americans under 65 say they have tried it, while just a quarter of seniors 65 and older have.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,062 voters from April 12-18 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus four percentage points.

  • Larry Hoffman