A new poll show the vast majority of Americans support legalizing medical marijuana, and about half support legalizing it recreationally.
The latest Harvard–Harris Poll survey found that 49% of Americans polled believe marijuana should be legalized for both medical and personal use. 37% say it should be legalized solely for medicinal purposes, meaning that 86% of respondents support legalizing the plant in some form, reported The Hill.
The question that should be raised as only 14% say marijuana should be illegal, is of course, why is it illegal if our government actually works for the people and does the will of the people?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he is ready for a crackdown on marijuana users, recreational and medical alike.
Senator Cory Booker recently proposed a bill that would legalize the plant on a federal level, but not too many are hopeful it will pass.
The Justice Department is expected to release a report soon that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and may recommend tougher sentences for growers, sellers and users. This of course could all be avoided if it was legalized.
“Voters point to drugs as the major source of crime and support tough sentences for drug dealers but view marijuana in a wholly different light,” Harvard–Harris co-director Mark Penn said. “Most think legalization of marijuana would probably be helpful in reducing crime and almost half support legalization.”
69% said it would not bother them if marijuana were legalized in their state. 57% of respondents said legalizing marijuana would make society better, and 72% said that even if marijuana is illegal, those convicted of possessing small amounts should not serve time in jail.
The poll found concern among voters that crime is rising because of the drug trade, which of course would not be a problem if it was legalized.
The Harvard-Harris Poll online survey of 2,051 registered voters was conducted from July 19 to 24. The partisan breakdown is 37 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 27 percent independent and 4 percent other.
The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris Poll throughout 2017.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)