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    Marijuana Legalization Supported by Majority in U.S., Poll Finds

    'Tip of the iceberg' emerges with 65 percent of young adults OK with legal pot

    By STEVEN NELSON

    A majority of American adults think marijuana should be legalized, a poll released Thursday by the Pew Research Center finds. While 52 percent were pro-pot legalization, 45 percent of respondents were opposed to legalization.

    "For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana," Pew said in a statement posted online.

    Sixty-five percent of adults between the ages of 18 and 32 support marijuana legalization, Pew said. Just five years ago the polling company found that 36 percent of voters in that age group supported legalization.

    [READ: Young Adults Left Behind by Colo., Wash. Votes]

    "These results do not just represent a tipping point," said Marijuana Policy Project political director Steve Fox in a statement. "With support for legalization among people under the age of 50 at close to 60 percent, this is more like the tip of the iceberg. Elected officials across the country need to listen to the people."

    The poll also asked respondents if they had ever tried marijuana; 48 percent indicated that they had, but only 12 percent said they did so in the past year.

    Pew also found fewer people – 38 percent – thought marijuana was a "gateway drug," while a 32 percent minority believed it is morally wrong to use the drug.

    Pew Polling Data on Marijuana Legalization
    1969* 1991 2002 2011 2013
    Percent supporting legalization 12 17 32 45 52
    Percent opposing legalization 84 78 61 50 45
    *Gallup poll
    According to Pew, 72 percent of respondents said the enforcement of anti-pot laws "cost more than they are worth," with 60 percent opposed a federal crackdown on states that have legalized marijuana.

    Independent voters were the most supportive of marijuana legalization, at 60 percent, followed closely by Democrats, at 59 percent. Self-identified Republicans were, as a whole, more likely to oppose legalization, but a sizeable 37-percent minority indicated support for legalization.

    "Not too long ago, it was widely accepted in political circles that elected officials who wanted to get re-elected needed to act 'tough' on drugs and go out of their way to support the continued criminalization of marijuana," recalled Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority in a statement released Thursday.

    [SLIDESHOW: Marijuana History, in Pictures]

    "The opposite is quickly becoming true," noted Angell, formerly spokesman for the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. "A majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, and you're going to start seeing more politicians running toward our movement instead of away from it, just as we've seen happen with marriage equality recently."

    In November voters in Washington state and Colorado approved marijuana legalization initiatives. It is currently legal to possess and smoke small quantities of the drug in those states, and the Obama administration has made no overt efforts to waft marijuana back into illegality. Since the historic votes, legislators in nine states have introduced legalization bills.

    The evolution of public opinion on marijuana legalization mirrors the national pivot in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. According to Pew, a majority of voters have supported gay marriage since 2011.

    The marijuana legalization poll surveyed 1,501 adults March 13-17, 2013. Its calculated margin of error was 2.9 percentage points.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/newsgram/...-us-poll-finds

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    Yup. Legalize it federally and the states will follow. Think of the tax base it would generate. Oh son and the dank buds you could readily get too!
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    A lot less 30" rims around. I remember when swat and dea knocked in the door of my neighbors and busted him. Watching that was like watching bad boys or some movie similar
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    Sure why not, the usa could use the revenue.

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    marijuana's a gateway drug the same way that legalizing gay marriage is a gateway to bestiality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ziggy View Post
    marijuana's a gateway drug the same way that legalizing gay marriage is a gateway to bestiality.
    Gateway to junk food. I smoked for the better part of my teens and early 20's. never once did I think of trying anything harder and none of the people I hung out with did either. I had plenty of opportunities but didn't. I grew out of it and grew up but if it was legal I can't say I wouldn't do it again.

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    yeah, just doesn't add up does it?
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    There are a lot more uses for it than just smoking it. It would also create a ton of jobs. I really don't see the difference between it and alcohol.

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    I still for the life of me can't figure out where they got their information. The reasons for it being outlawed are further than the truth than someone saying our president is saving the economy. It is safer to smoke weed than use tobacco products or drink. I know a lot of people that smoke and have never thought of doing anything else. Yes some go on to do other drugs but they would have done that anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by santee11 View Post
    There are a lot more uses for it than just smoking it. It would also create a ton of jobs. I really don't see the difference between it and alcohol.
    The difference between it and alcohol is you can test someone to see if they are under the influence of alcohol, with pot it just says it is in their system.

    This alone is my real issue with it. You want to get high go right ahead, how do I know you are not high while driving or operating machinery? In my line of work this is very important to me, my safety and the guys working underneath me.

    Make a real time test and sure go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdhigh View Post
    The difference between it and alcohol is you can test someone to see if they are under the influence of alcohol, with pot it just says it is in their system.

    This alone is my real issue with it. You want to get high go right ahead, how do I know you are not high while driving or operating machinery? In my line of work this is very important to me, my safety and the guys working underneath me.

    Make a real time test and sure go for it.
    I see your point but how do you tell now? And I promise they will figure out a way to test your highness.

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    And if it gets leagalized some dumb ass will call themselves 'your highness'

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    Well breathalyzer works for alcohol. That is why my employer has gone to zero tolerance on everything except prescription narcotics. Shit, they pull hair these days at work.

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    Be foreal, might as well be legal now..in my neck of the woods you could get a bag faster then a beer on sunday.

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    Alcohol is a gateway "drug" to alcoholism but, nobody has a problem with it being legal.....

    I have never smoked weed and never will but, I've been around it plenty and the worst thing I have ever seen come from it was a friend of mine freaked out playing call of duty and went and hid in his room.

    Wish I could say that was the worst thing I have seen alcohol do. Let them legalize it then make legal money off of it
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    The uses for cannabis are endless. Good for the environment (O2 production), prevents deforestation (much more sustainable tree substitute). Better paper, fabric, rope, etc substitute (ie hemp). Medicinal uses (cancer, glaucoma, aids, etc). It's safer than most recreational and prescription products on the market these days (tobacco, alcohol, any prescription drugs). Not to mention the tax revenue that would come from it. It's pure idiocy that it has not been legalized.

    This opinion from a non-smoker as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSBUCKSHOT View Post
    Not to mention the tax revenue that would come from it. It's pure idiocy that it has not been legalized.
    Do you have any idea the money the police and feds make off of weed being illegal? Waaaaay fuckin' more than they ever would legalizing it. You see those kick ass photo ops with those stacks of cash, cars, etc? They get to keep that.

    Why in the world would they make it legal and take a pay cut?

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