Only 8 Percent Say Marijuana Should Be Illegal
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Only 8 Percent Say Marijuana Should Be Illegal
Posted by CN Staff on November 15, 2019 at 06:13:48 PT
By Christopher Ingraham
Source: Washington Post
USA -- Most Americans — 2 out of 3 — say marijuana use should be legal, according to new data from Pew Research Center that builds on a decades-long trend line. The share of those opposed, meanwhile, has plunged 20 percentage points, to 32 percent, in the past decade.Legalization is supported by 78 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans. It has roughly two-thirds support among every racial, gender and educational group in the U.S., according to the survey.
The data do show one significant demographic fault line, however: age. Legalization is supported by 63 percent of boomers, 65 percent of Gen Xers, and 76 percent of millennials. But among the silent generation— those older than 74 years — support is just 35 percent.Partisan differences are heavily mediated by age as well. Among the silent generation, for instance, there is a 32-point gap in support between Democrats (53 percent) and Republicans (21 percent). Among millennials, more than 70 percent support legal marijuana, regardless of party affiliation.In assessing support for marijuana, surveys have typically posed a simple question: “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal, or should NOT be made legal?” For this survey, however, Pew researchers posed a separate question to suss out whether Americans back recreational marijuana, medical marijuana, both or neither.Fifty-nine percent said it should be legal for both medical and recreational purposes, a 10-point increase since fall 2016. Thirty-two percent said it should be legal for medical use only. Just 8 percent said it should not be legal at all, a steep drop from the 15 percent recorded in 2016.As with many political issues, the public’s preferences on marijuana are well to the left of where the policy currently stands. The plant remains illegal for all purposes under federal law. Recreational marijuana is legal in 11 states plus D.C., in most cases because of voter-approved ballot initiatives. Most other states have some form of medical marijuana law, although in many cases there are severe restrictions on the conditions for which medical marijuana can be used, or on the types of marijuana that can be used.According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, just four states — Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas — prohibit marijuana use in all forms.“As more and more states have moved forward with their own marijuana liberalization policies in recent years, public support has only grown stronger,” Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said in a statement. “At a time when the political divide is larger than ever, the issue of marijuana legalization is one of the few policy issues upon which most Americans agree.”Legalization foes contend that marijuana use comes with negative health effects. This week, the group Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) highlighted the results of a study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry showing a half-percentage-point increase in rates of problematic cannabis use among teens in states that have legalized recreational use.“Legalization efforts are sending the message that marijuana use is safe and state sanctioned,” SAM President Kevin Sabet said in a statement. "No amount of marijuana use is safe for young people and more must be done to halt its normalization.”Most of the Democratic presidential candidates support legalizing recreational use in some form or another. But there are notable outliers, among them former vice president Joe Biden, who long supported “tough on crime” legislation while he was in the U.S. Senate. He opposes legalization but has signaled a preference to reduce criminal penalties for pot use.Billionaire Democratic hopeful Mike Bloomberg recently called marijuana legalization “the stupidest thing anyone has ever done.”President Trump, meanwhile, has had little to say about marijuana one way or another during his time in office, though he did recently reiterate support for letting states decide their own policies.Source: Washington Post (DC)Author: Christopher Ingraham Published: November 15, 2019 Copyright: 2019 Washington Post CompanyContact: letters Website: URL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on November 23, 2019 at 08:36:43 PT
Sam Adams...CBD and antibiotics
"I just battled a drug-resistant infection a couple years ago, I wish someone had told me CBD would help."I remember something about Herbdoc, I think, mentioning he was working on, eons ago, the dvelopment of high cbd strains... more than once, I think. I don't remember that he said exactly why except that they had found high cbd cannabis to be even more helpful to certain patients suffering with different illnesses than high thc strains. Of course, he didn't know this exact thing about cbd and antibiotics. This seems momumental at first... but how many times have we seen the medical community ignore this sort of news? It could make things better... or it could be ten years before anyone ever hears of it again.
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on November 22, 2019 at 09:02:45 PT
Comment 6, Storm Crow. Comment 8 Sam Adams
Storm Crow, That is amazing. It looks very important to me.Sam Adams, I've had trouble over the years with antibiotics making me ill. After a round of antibiotics to kill those bugs that cause ulcers, I complained of how bad I had felt, and the doctor told me that most people don't realize that chemotherapy, which can make you feel ill is powerful antibiotics. This discovery will perhaps improve the delivery and safety and strength of some antibiotics. That would be huge, seems to me like. 
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Comment #8 posted by Sam Adams on November 20, 2019 at 09:14:00 PT
Happy 21st anniversary of Cnews FOM and everyone! We'll never forget our friends who gave up everything to fight for this community's civil rights.That news on the CBD anti-bacterial action is amazing! We're going to need cannabis more than ever in coming years. I just battled a drug-resistant infection a couple years ago, I wish someone had told me CBD would help. Taking antibiotics for these types of infections is very similar to chemotherapy on your body.
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Comment #7 posted by Soup Herb on November 18, 2019 at 04:46:20 PT:
Prohibition and propaganda growing...
This article shows the anti cannabis population has no intention of changing their mind and exercising common sense. use is not a disorder. They are making these things up just like in the 1920's! Yea, I read what they said over a manure...just a big lie.
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Comment #6 posted by Storm Crow on November 16, 2019 at 22:51:24 PT
Totally off subject, but interesting
 Now this study is on the technical side, but I found a little quote in it that sums it up nicely-Cannabidiol Is a Novel Modulator of Bacterial Membrane Vesicles.“When used in combination with selected antibiotics, CBD significantly increased the bactericidal action of several antibiotics in the Gram-negative bacteria.” So when CBD is added to SOME antibiotics, it increases the effectiveness against even antibiotic-resistant, Gram negative bacteria. Since we are encountering more and more antibiotic-resistant bacteria, this study could be rather important.FYI- "Gram staining" is a way of dividing bacteria into two basic groups- the ones that get dyed by a certain dye, and those that the dye doesn't stick to. Gram negative bacteria are killed by different antibiotics than gram positives. (At least, that's how I remember it from my microbiology course, some 50 years ago!)And 21 years! Amazing, FOM, absolutely amazing! I've only been doing my List for 12 years and it seems like forever.  
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on November 16, 2019 at 08:01:20 PT
I want to say something about how grateful I am about Michigan stepping up, finally, to do the right thing. It took too long.Remember Rainbow Farm. Remember Tom and Rollie.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on November 15, 2019 at 11:20:39 PT
I'll Say it Again, "Don't Nominate Biden!"
Biden is not electable due to his past and present drug warrior record. In most states, votes in favor of cannabis legalization out polled votes for any Presidential candidate. Democrats beware. You will hand the election to POTUS Donald J. Trump if you nominate former VPOTUS Joe Biden. I am a senior & I will be voting for neither of them.
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Comment #3 posted by Vincent on November 15, 2019 at 09:19:14 PT:
What happened to Michael Bloomberg? When he was elected mayor of New York, he was quoted as saying, "I used to smoke Marijuana, and my experience were happy ones", and now he talks STUPIDLY about it. His years as a Republicans must've SCRUBBED his mind of all intelligence.
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on November 15, 2019 at 09:07:45 PT
the majority want relegalization
The struggle for cannabis relegalization and its corresponding components of social and economic justice have come a long way. Thank you for your service FOM.That is why Joe Biden’s long standing opposition to cannabis reform is hard to understand in the face of strong public support. It seems weird and “old school” even for a centrist Democrat. Michael Bloomberg is never going to be president so his views don’t really matter that much anyway. I would support Biden if he was nominated, but he would have to agree to “not stand in the way” of relegalization as President. His “preference to reduce criminal penalties for pot use” is not acceptable to most of the voters. And Kevin Sabet… why is he even mentioned in anything?
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 15, 2019 at 06:16:02 PT
Just a Comment
We have come a long way in almost 21 years now of CNews. I just want to thank everyone who has been or still is a part of this long and rocky journey.
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