Gallup Poll: 58% Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalized

It is a common lament these days that we seem a hopelessly divided country on virtual every major issue from immigration to health care to climate change. The exception appears to be marijuana. Not only are record numbers of citizens reporting that they use pot, but a new Gallup poll puts support for legalization at 58%. That is up seven points from just one year ago. In addition to the public support, there appears increasing investments and tax revenues associated with marijuana sales. That combination could make it difficult for Congress or the next Administration to reverse this trend toward legalization.


Notably, according to another study, the number of adults who said that they have used marijuana sometime in the past year has doubled in the past decade. The number of Americans reporting the use of pot has grown to 9.5% of adults in 2013 as compared to 4.1% in 2001. With one out of ten citizens using pot, a renewed crackdown would face prohibition type opposition. The biggest increases came in the South and among women, African-Americans, and the middle-aged. The results are reported in a study in JAMA Psychiatry.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of medical marijuana use. The most interesting trend however is Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon and the District of Columbia which have also legalized recreational use. California could follow suit and add a huge population under the legalization category.

With the rise of both marijuana use and public support growing, this could make for a precarious political issue for politicians in a presidential election year. Forget about the chicken in every pot, these citizens just want the pot.

Source: USA TodayPot

52 thoughts on “Gallup Poll: 58% Of Americans Want Marijuana Legalized”

  1. Let’s apply the same logic as used by the anti-2nd-amendment crowd.

    Since pot has been the cause of death in deliberate homicides, as well as negligence, then it must be banned. Criminals have laced pot with toxic substances and caused death and injury. Kids have gotten into pot laced brownies, candies, and other sweets, and been poisoned, many dying.

    Because you cannot guarantee that no criminal will ever misuse pot, or that no parent will ever harm their child with pot through negligence, then it must be banned for all law abiding people.

    Right?

  2. Ellen,
    I didn’t on purpose because I knew, a know it all liberal, would do it for me.
    Thank you, that didn’t take too long. If it had not been from web MD, I’m sure you would have blasted me as being a know it all.
    So predictable. Lol

  3. 1st Amendment

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    __________

    Congress shall make no law respecting or prohibiting the possession of medicine or the free exercise thereof, which the people have a natural or God-given right to.

    Congress shall make laws that restrict behavior, such as driving under the influence of drugs, murder, theft, rape, assault battery, harassment, fraud, perjury, vandalism, damage, defamation, etc.

    __________

    Free people have a natural right to ingest medicine, substances and drugs.

    Government exists to address nefarious behavior.

    __________

    Legislate against bad behavior.

    Do not legislate against ingestion of medicine, drugs or substances.

  4. How Does Marijuana Affect You?

    If you’ve ever smoked a joint or eaten a pot-laced brownie, you’re hardly alone: More than 1 in 3 people in America have tried marijuana at one point in their lives.

    Though occasional use isn’t usually harmful, pot can affect your body and mind any time it gets into your system. Here’s what you need to know.

    Physical Effects
    Marijuana comes from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. It has an active ingredient called THC that makes you feel high. THC and other compounds in marijuana can also affect the way your body works.

    Most people smoke the plant’s dried leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds. But marijuana can also be mixed into food (like brownies, cookies, and lollipops), brewed as a tea, or inhaled with a vaporizer.

    No matter how it gets into your system, it affects almost every organ in your body, and your nervous system and immune system, too. When you smoke pot, your body absorbs THC right away. (If you eat a baked good or another item, it may take much longer for your body to absorb THC, because it has to break down in your stomach before it enters your bloodstream). You may notice changes in your body right after you smoke. The effects usually stop after 3 or 4 hours.

    Smoking pot can increase your heart rate by as much as two times for up to 3 hours. That’s why some people have a heart attack right after they use marijuana. It can increase bleeding, lower blood pressure, and affect your blood sugar, too.

    We don’t yet know if marijuana is linked to higher odds of getting lung cancer. But the process does irritate your lungs — which is why regular pot smokers are more likely to have an ongoing cough and to have lung-related health problems like chest colds and lung infections.

    Other physical effects of marijuana include:

    Dizziness
    Shallow breathing
    Red eyes and dilated pupils
    Dry mouth
    Increased appetite
    Slowed reaction time (If you drive after using marijuana, your risk of being in a car accident more than doubles.)
    If you’re a long-time user, you can have physical withdrawal symptoms — like cravings, irritability, sleeplessness, and less appetite — when you stop.

    Changes to Mind and Mood
    Most people use marijuana because the high makes them feel happy, relaxed, or detached from reality.

    Smoking pot can also have less-pleasant effects on your mind and mood, too. You might have:

    A distorted sense of time
    Random thinking
    Paranoia
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Short-term forgetfulness
    These effects usually ease up a few hours after you’ve used the drug.

    Risks of Marijuana Use
    Though you may have heard otherwise, marijuana can be addictive: Nearly 10% of people who use it become dependent on it. It isn’t clear whether marijuana is a gateway drug that makes people more likely to try harder drugs like cocaine and heroin.

    The amount of THC in marijuana has gone up in recent years. Most leaves used to contain between 1% and 4% THC. Now most have closer to 7%. Experts worry this might make it easier to become dependent on or addicted to marijuana — and it also strengthens many of the drug’s mind-altering effects.

    Even if you buy from a legal, state-regulated dispensary, it can be hard to know exactly how much THC or other compounds found in marijuana you’re ingesting, so the effects can be unpredictable.

    Marijuana can also cause more health problems if you have a condition like liver disease, low blood pressure, or diabetes.

    If you’re a man, heavy use could lower your testosterone levels, and your sperm count and quality. That, in turn, can zap your libido and fertility.

    Research shows a link between marijuana use and mental health problems like depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, short-term psychosis, and schizophrenia. While it’s not clear if marijuana causes these conditions, it can make them worse.

  5. Robert, There are clandestine forces against legalization. The liquor industry is one. People consume less alcohol when they use cannabis. Next, big pharma. They want to be the medication people, not farmers. Government unions are opposed, they will lose hundreds of thousands of jobs.

  6. The war against marijuana was lost years ago. Yet we continue to ruin people’s lives with punitive actions, and spend billions of dollars every year on a lost cause. I have used marijuana a couple of times over a long productive life, but it’s really not my thing. Just as matter of practicality, it is time to treat it like we treat alcohol. Tax it, license the manufacture, distribution and retail activities, but also be serious about punishing the people that fail to adhere to the regulations. Forbid it’s use for those under 18, and let’s all get on with our lives.

  7. I no longer have any tolerance for potheads and alcoholics and especially those who mix the two. As Bill Maher advised:

    “Don’t mix pot with alcohol,” Maher instructed Dowd and the rest of humanity. “It doesn’t make it better just because it’s two good things. It’s like funny porn; it actually makes both awful.”

  8. Lou, You are wrong regarding conservatives. But, I will allow Rick to speak for himself. There is no question your guy, Obama, has hassled LEGAL cannabis businesses than W. That is incontrovertible. Operation Choke Point.

    But, if you want hypocrisy on this very thread, a woman who has constantly ridiculed me for being a cannabis patient is now trying to present herself as tolerant on the subject.

    Finally, I am NOT a Republican. I am a libertarian. You know, the people that have led the charge on the legalization of cannabis!

  9. Nick,
    I think Rick was thinking more about the hypocrisy of conservatives. But you probably already knew that.

  10. Hopefully soon the legalization of marijauna will no longer be a topic. Just do it. We all know of the medicinal benefits and I doubt anyone would have objections to such use. Recreational use is less harmful than alcohol, that’s pretty much been proven, so I think it’s only a matter of time and it will be completely legal, unless there are those who have enough political power to keep it illegal. Where do the Republicans stand on legalization?

  11. Paul, I have been continually mocked by an ignorant person for talking about the medicinal qualities of cannabis. Here’s what legalization does. It stops putting people w/ no violent proclivities in prison. It also opens up research on the medicinal qualities. I am urbane enough to know their will be some problems w/ legalization. My number 1 concern is young people, under the age of 18, using cannabis regularly. Cannabis has shown to retard brain growth in adolescents when the final and important stages of growth are underway.

  12. Nick, based on how people act when shown the facts of how cannibis oil can be use to help kids, and they still oppose it…I just really wonder if there is a human being under their thick skull.

  13. Lisa, Cannabis can be a gateway drug just like beer. I have seen both be the first drug of choice, w/ beer being by far the most used. People have, as long as we can go back anthropologically, used mind altering substances. The vast majority of people can smoke cannabis, drink beer, wine, spirits, and not become addicted. There are unfortunately some people w/ a genetic predisposition for addiction, just like there are those genetically borderline personality, bipolar, schizophrenic, etc.

    There are medicinal qualities to cannabis. That this country makes parents who have children w/ seizure disorders move to states where cannabis is legal just to help their children live is despicable. The cannabis used for these kids is a tincture w/ virtually NO THC, the active ingredient in cannabis that is mind altering. These kids don’t get high. The tincture has a large % of cannibanoids that is not mind altering but soes control seizures in some people. They also help reduce pain in people, something I can attest to.

  14. I encourage pot smoking for high strung types. It gives the entire family a break from the drama and makes peace in the house at last, lol.

  15. One of the many ways this President has disappointed is the way he has in a Machiavellian way gone after LEGAL cannabis shops, both medicinal in California and recreational in other states. Operation Choke Point is an unconstitutional, sleazy, Chicago style, operation that prevents these business people from using banking to support their businesses. It is a clear violation of due process. If you Obama supporters want to see how your guy really operates, Google Operation Choke Point and tell me how his is not another in a long list of unconstitutional moves by this Chicago politician. This has been in effect for over 2 years and the MSM has been silent. JT needs to address this.

  16. I have an idea, keep pot illegal so kids use synthetic pot to get high and destroy or kill their bodies. Keep it legal so we can destroy lives of “undesirables”, Heck, they should just stay homeless or live in trailer parks on the other side of the tracks. Make Oxycontin harder to get so addicted people turn to heroin.

    I can’t believe the hatred many on this site as well as many in our general population that believe lies and won’t open their eyes to what our war on drugs has done to this society. Why do you have the right to destroy a persons life because they use a substance you don’t?

    Want a gateway drug? try tobacco. Do some people become addicted to pop? sure, some people become addicted to sushi. Outlaw them both.

    To those that want to keep some for of our drug war going I highly suggest you LEAP (http://www.leap.cc). Please get educated before you say more dumb things about how pot is a gateway drug.

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