Marijuana Legalization Across America Expected In 10 Years By Half Of Voters

Fifty percent of Americans, the biggest group weighing in, think marijuana will be legal across the land within 10 years.

That according to new Public Policy Polling data commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project.

That chunk of believers outnumbered nonbelievers by a lot:

Only 37 percent said they believed legalization under federal law would not happen in the next decade; 12 percent said they weren't sure.

The poll of 1,325 registered voters also found that 58 percent of Americans believe pot should indeed be legal. Thirty-three percent "felt strongly" about that; 25 percent "don't feel strongly."

Marijuana Legalization Across America Expected In 10 Years By Half Of Voters
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Forty-seven percent of Americans -- again, the biggest group weighing in -- believe that the Obama administration should stand down on federal enforcement and allow Colorado and Washington to implement their recently passed weed-legalization laws.

Thirty-three percent disagreed.

Interestingly, 45 percent of respondents believed marijuana is safer than alcohol; 42 percent said it's not safer.

Of those who "feel strongly" about the matter, however, pot being less safe than alcohol won by 33 percent to 26 percent.

Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority:

Marijuana prohibition's days are numbered. New prominent voices are joining the chorus calling for change every day.

Read more here.

[@dennisjromero / djromero@laweekly.com / @LAWeeklyNews]


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