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Yes We Can: America Believes Legal Cannabis Makes Societies Better

Written by Corre Addam

According to Harvard-Harris Poll, more than half of American adults believe that legalizing cannabis leads to a ‘better’ or improved society.

The poll found that 57 percent of Americans responded ‘better’ when asked the direct question: “Do you think legalizing cannabis makes societies better or worse?”

The poll was revealing in more ways than one about American attitudes to cannabis, and its status as a schedule i drug, Federally, along with cocaine and heroin.

People questioned in the poll also revealed a lot about other stances and beliefs they hold when it comes to cannabis, both for medical and recreational use:

  • 49 percent believe marijuana should be legalized for both medical and personal use.
  • 37 percent say marijuana should be legalized solely for medicinal purposes.
  • 86 percent support legalizing the plant in some form.
  • Only 14 percent say cannabis should remain illegal.
  • 72 percent say that even if marijuana remains illegal, people should not serve any time in jail.
  • 69 percent answered “no” when asked if it would bother them if cannabis was legalized in their state.

Mark Penn, the co-director at Harvard-Harris, told reporters about the poll,

“Most think legalization of marijuana would probably be helpful in reducing crime and almost half support legalization.”

The Harvard-Harris Poll was conducted at the end of July, including 2,051 registered voters; 37 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 27 percent independent and 4 percent ‘other.’

In a Gallup Poll, released in the middle of July, the number of Americans who say they have taken cannabis at least once has reached a record high. That poll found that a staggering 45 percent of American adults have tried cannabis. Compare that to 1969, and the number stood then at just 4 percent.

That Gallup Poll additionally found that there has been a somewhat sharp increase in the number of American adults who currently take cannabis. Be it medicinally or recreationally.

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Corre Addam

Addam spends the lion's share of his day fixated on his computer screen. When he isn't in front of his computer, you'll most likely find him editing or researching his next fascinating article on his smartphone or tablet. When he manages to pull himself away from technology, you'll find him chilling hard somewhere, probably under a tree with an ice-cold Iced-tea, pondering life...