According to Harvard-Harris Poll, more than half of American adults believe that legalizing cannabis leads to a ‘better’ or improved society.
The poll found that 57 percent of Americans responded ‘better’ when asked the direct question: “Do you think legalizing cannabis makes societies better or worse?”
The poll was revealing in more ways than one about American attitudes to cannabis, and its status as a schedule i drug, Federally, along with cocaine and heroin.
- 49 percent believe marijuana should be legalized for both medical and personal use.
- 37 percent say marijuana should be legalized solely for medicinal purposes.
- 86 percent support legalizing the plant in some form.
- Only 14 percent say cannabis should remain illegal.
- 72 percent say that even if marijuana remains illegal, people should not serve any time in jail.
- 69 percent answered “no” when asked if it would bother them if cannabis was legalized in their state.
Mark Penn, the co-director at Harvard-Harris, told reporters about the poll,
“Most think legalization of marijuana would probably be helpful in reducing crime and almost half support legalization.”
The Harvard-Harris Poll was conducted at the end of July, including 2,051 registered voters; 37 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 27 percent independent and 4 percent ‘other.’
In a Gallup Poll, released in the middle of July, the number of Americans who say they have taken cannabis at least once has reached a record high. That poll found that a staggering 45 percent of American adults have tried cannabis. Compare that to 1969, and the number stood then at just 4 percent.
That Gallup Poll additionally found that there has been a somewhat sharp increase in the number of American adults who currently take cannabis. Be it medicinally or recreationally.[Featured image credit- Flickr]