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CBS Poll Reveals Support For Pot Reaches New High
May 25 2017, 06:07 | Rex Rios
Even some seasoned pot smokers told Eyewitness News off camera yhat they don't appreciate the idea of legalizing marijuana either because it opens the door for big business to take over.
A majority of those polled strongly disagreed with the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug alongside narcotics and feel the policy does not make sense given the legality of alcohol and tobacco.
That's according to a recent poll from Yahoo News and Marist. Only 7 percent think marijuana is the more unsafe of the two. Bill C-45 proposes a number of measures related to the legalization of Marijuana, some of these include: that cannabis can only be sold to citizens age 18 or older although individual Provinces can raise the legal age limit if desired.
The poll also suggested that the public believes that marijuana legalization should be a state issue, rather than a federal one.
A majority of voters in CT supported legalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use the last time Quinnipiac asked the question in the state, but legalization bills have consistently stalled in the legislature and Gov. Back in 1979, 69% of Americans opposed marijuana legalization. Sixty-one percent of Americans now say the it should be, a five-point increase from a year ago.
Most people under 65 say they've tried marijuana, while only a quarter of those over 65 say they have have.
The results of this CBS pollshow that he couldn't be more out of line with the opinions of most Americans.
Philpott says criminalizing cannabis has not deterred use among young people, noting products like alcohol and tobacco are legally available with restrictions.
Support for marijuana legalization has risen among all age groups, particularly those under 55. Even most Americans who oppose legalizing marijuana in general think medical marijuana use should be allowed.
CBS surveyed 1,011 adults between April 11 and April 15, using live interviewers to reach both landlines and cell phones.
Eight states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and marijuana is legal for limited medical use in a majority of states.