More Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana
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More Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on October 21, 2015 at 11:22:49 PT
By Alexandra Sifferlin 
Source: Time
USA -- The majority of Americans think marijuana use should be legal in the U.S., with 58% saying they favor legalizing the drug, a new poll shows. Younger generations are more in favor of the move compared to older ones, but the survey found that older generations are showing more support than they did in the past, the Gallup poll found.Gallup reports that in 1969, when the organization first asked Americans about the issue, only 12% thought marijuana use should be legal. That position has grown steadily over time. “Over the past six years, support has vacillated a bit, but averaged 48% from 2010 through 2012 and has averaged above the majority level, 56%, since 2013,” Gallup says. The recent survey shows the most support to date.
States are changing or considering changes to laws surrounding marijuana, and Gallup notes that the issue has become a topic on the campaign trail.To reach these findings, Gallup conducted telephone interviews from Oct. 7 to 11, 2015, polling a random sample of 1,015 adults age 18 or older in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.The data shows that younger Americans, Democrats and Independents are the most likely to support legalizing marijuana. Republicans and older Americans are the least likely to voice support. While young adults have long been more in favor of legalizing marijuana, their support has also grown over time. In 1969, 20% of adults age 18 to 34 were in support, and that has gone up to 71% this year.“These patterns by age indicate that one reason Americans are more likely to support legal marijuana today than they were in the past is because newer generations of adults, who are much more inclined to favor use of the drug, are replacing older generations in the population who were much less inclined to want it to be legalized,” Gallup reports.Source: Time Magazine (US)Author: Alexandra Sifferlin Published: October 21, 2015Copyright: 2015 Time Inc.Contact: letters time.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #9 posted by The GCW on October 22, 2015 at 04:51:15 PT
Untrustworthy cannabis prohibitionists onthe loose
Here's an example of DEA type prohibitionists creating self-serving "news" to bolster their agenda. It further is pointed out how in 2 or 3 different facets data is skewed to support findings which may then be used to continue caging responsible humans who choose to use the relatively safe plant.-0-Proportion in US who report using marijuana doubles, survey findsStudy with more than 36,000 subjects suggests nearly one third of users, or 6.8m people, are addicted – but some experts question findings" a new government survey has found.“The important findings of the study is that the rates of use are going up,” said Deborah Hasin, lead researcher on the study released by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "-0-PLEASE OBSERVE:"One measure NESARC used to determine whether people are addicted to a substance has been particularly controversial: whether interviewees had legal troubles because of it.Given that NESARC purposely oversamples black and hispanic respondents, and that marijuana arrests are among the most common legal troubles for these demographic groups, scientists said it seems possible that these groups could skew rates. The American Psychiatric Association dropped the legal troubles marker in its updated DSM-5 handbook because of “cultural considerations”."""-0-Cannabis prohibitionists are untrustworthy people.
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 21, 2015 at 20:11:04 PT
No on 2 and Yes on 3! Absolutely! They are saying on the news that the polls aren't as good as we want but I hope they are wrong.
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Comment #7 posted by Sam Adams on October 21, 2015 at 19:11:59 PT
moving on...
Now it's time to ask people what they think about the rest of the "Drug War" and mass incarceration.
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Comment #6 posted by Universer on October 21, 2015 at 18:26:52 PT
No on 2. Yes on 3.Yay, Three! Boo, Two!3 > 2.(As if you needed any of those mnemonics.)Do it for the rest of us, us Virginians and Georgians and Kansans and Idahoans. As goes Ohio...
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 21, 2015 at 17:31:35 PT
I hope the people that signed the petitions to get Marijuana on the ballot get out and vote. We sure will! You got to vote!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on October 21, 2015 at 15:14:17 PT
The Campaign Trail
Too many were still sniggering at the mention of cannabis the last election cycle. They're not sniggering so much anymore. That's so good. I think Mahatma Gandhi's advice about peaceful resistance to bad laws is finally coming to fruition for us. The "Then you win" part.Hallelujah! But, as you said, Universer, it's far from over yet and this is no time to take our eyes off the goal. It's far from over, but not nearly as far as it has been. I remember our discussion of one of these polls when it was only about 32 percent and how we yearned for the day that we'd poll at fifty percent. I don't recall how long ago that was... but look at right now! Whoo hoo! Our fellow citizens are beginning to see the light. They are waking up to the truth!
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Comment #3 posted by Universer on October 21, 2015 at 13:09:14 PT
This is the endgame. It is not the end.
Keep it up, keep it up, keep it up up up!The prohibs will never be more vicious, more vitriolic, more subversive than when they're backed into this no-win corner. Expect them to lash out, to rehash all the old Reefer Madness ploys and to boldly lie like nefarious, unscrupulous dogs, like the wounded, dying animals they are.(Exhibit A: Ohio AG Mike DeWine. He needs to be taught a thing or three.)We're in the red zone. We're not in the end zone yet.Keep on speaking truth to the ignorant in power, keep on spreading legitimate and substantiated facts among all who will listen, and keep it up up up!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on October 21, 2015 at 12:20:13 PT
There is almost no negative news related to cannabis. What little negative news there is regarding cannabis is almost entirely from discredited DEA type government prohibitionists.Cannabis prohibition is closer than ever to become history.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 21, 2015 at 11:58:20 PT
58% Favor Legalizing Marijuana!
Time to legalize! How much more do they need in numbers?
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