More Americans Than Ever Support Legalizing Marijuana

Sixty percent of Americans say they support the legalization of marijuana, according to a poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University.

Just 33 percent of respondents oppose legalizing marijuana, according to the most recent CBS poll. The poll conducted by VMR Products, pioneers in the global vapor technology industry, found 40 percent of current smokers expect negative impacts to the industry and legislative efforts under the Trump administration.

"Despite broad political division in the country, cannabis seems to be the one factor that has drawn universal support", John Kagia of New Frontier Data told CNN. Even most Americans who oppose legalizing marijuana think so.

Barbara Brohl, executive director of Colorado's Department of Revenue, told the panel her state's recreational marijuana program brought in almost $200 million in new taxes past year.

Widespread acceptance of legalization ― itself a rejection of the longstanding federal prohibition on marijuana ― is a relatively new phenomenon in the U.S. The nation first reached majority support for legalizing weed in 2013, when polls showed slightly more than 50 percent of Americans favoring the move.

Opponents of federal marijuana rules and the plant's Schedule I listing on the Controlled Substance List could potentially see rules change-that is, if a group of lawmakers in the so-called Cannabis Caucus can convince the Senate and House to approve a package of bills introduced in March, including one that would make marijuana legal on a federal level, subject to regulation similar to USA alcohol laws. Marijuana is already legal in IL for the 17,000 people with licenses to buy it for medical use, but that's a tiny number compared to marijuana users in the state who are doing it illegally, the bill's sponsors say. It's a five-point increase over a year ago. Only the elderly age 65 and older believe that marijuana should still be illegal, with only 37 percent approving of legalization. In addition to these results, 88 percent of those polled felt medical marijuana use should be legal. 29 states have legalized the drug for medicinal uses already.

Since the state began selling recreational marijuana January 1, 2014 - combined with medical marijuana sales - Colorado has collected more than $400 million in taxes, a large chunk of which has gone towards schools. Colorado marked $1bn billion in legal marijuana sales in 2016, just 10 months after it legalised the drug.

Of course, all of that common-sense comes to a grinding halt when we arrive at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama Senator who has made it clear that he intends to use the federal government to crack down on marijuana use.

  • Leroy Wright