Half Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalized

Since 1969, Gallup has been polling Americans every few years on whether they want marijuana legalized. That year, 12% did; it quickly rose to 28% by the late 1970s, though. Support languished in the ’80s, but since then it has been steadily rising, and now for the first time, 50% support legalization. Possibly due to the libertarian factor, support among the elderly and conservatives is pretty high too — around 30%.

The stars may be aligning, because earlier this year Congressmen Ron Paul and Barney Frank introduced a sure-to-be-doomed bill to legalize marijuana. They were likely motivated by a report released in June by the Global Commission on Drug Policy which highlighted exactly how ineffective, expensive and tragically misguided drug laws are, and recommended that countries move to end drug prohibition. In 2002, the Coalition For Rescheduling Cannabis petitioned the government to change marijuana’s classification as a Schedule 1 drug, which puts it in the most dangerous class, along with cocaine and heroin. In 2009, the American Medical Association asked the same thing.

But in spite of all that, two weeks ago, the US Attorney announced a major crackdown on California’s quasi-legal pot dispensaries. And in July, the head of the DEA finally responded to the petition to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule 1 drug with a firm no, saying that it has a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical use. Or maybe she was talking about alcohol or tobacco — it’s hard to tell.

From NPR


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