Marijuana Legalization Favored in US, Canada

A new Angus-Reid Public Opinion poll has majorities favoring marijuana legalization in both Canada and the US. According to the poll, 57% of Canadians and 54% of Americans are ready to free the weed.

In Canada, support for legalization was strongest in the Atlantic provinces (64%) and British Columbia (60%), while in something of a surprise, in the US, support was strongest in the Northeast (61%), followed by the West (56%). The US West has traditionally had the highest levels of support for legalization.

In both countries there was majority support for marijuana legalization in every region. The provinces or regions with the lowest level of support for legalization were Alberta (50%) in Canada, and the US Midwest (50%) and South (51%).

In Canada, men (64%) are more likely than women (50%) to call for the legalization of cannabis, while there was no wide gender gap in the United States (55% male, 53% female). The bulk of support for legal marijuana comes from respondents aged 18-to-34 in the United States (65%) and those aged 35-to-54 in Canada (61%).

Two-thirds (66%) of both Canadians and Americans believe marijuana will be legal within 10 years.

While two-thirds (65%) of Americans say their country has a serious drug abuse problem, only 43% of Canadians agree. Still, in both countries, two-thirds (68% in Canada and 66% in the US) describe the war on drugs as a failure.

While both Canadians and Americans agree that the drug war is a failure, they remain unwilling to contemplate the legalization of drugs other than marijuana. Support for legalizing cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, or methamphetamine didn't rise above 11% for any of those drugs in either country.

The poll was an online survey of 1,005 Canadians and 1,002 Americans conducted November 19 and 20. The results were weighted to ensure a representative sample of the two country's adult populations. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.

Two US states, Colorado and Washington, voted to legalize marijuana in November. Legislators in at least four more plan to offer up legalization bills next year, while activists in Montana are working toward putting a legalization initiative on the 2014 ballot.

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You know what happens once Marijuana gets legalized in this country.  RIF! RIF! RIF!  Better start packing your bags and looking for new jobs ahead of time.

Clearer than ever they're trampling on both freedom + democracy

and science with their grotesque claim that cannabis has no medicinal use. That claim, which has a lot of blood on its hands, is before the federal courts now, and if they have a shred of common decency, they'll restore the right to doctors to decide if cannabis is appropriate medicine. And it's a natural herbal plant so people have the right to use it with or without a prescription.

  After the latest Rasmussen poll, I read, with help from stdw link, an interesting analysis on public opinion about weed by Scott Rasmussen. He's Republican oriented, thinks weed legalization is the wave of the future, is aware of it's appeal to young people, and it looks like he's trying to persuade Republicans to get behind it.

An Online Survey?

An Online Survey?  That couldn't possibly have skewed the results...maybe toward a younger demographic more likely to support MJ legalization?

And all these recent polls asked about "legalizing" weed

When people are asked about "legalize and regulate", a more precise description, support is usually significantly higher. The support level in the Northeast (including NY??), and the adjacent Canadian Atlantic provinces  is very encouraging. I hope it will convince activists in New England to go for it with legalization initiatives in 2014.

interests

It's actually about powerful interests Q that make billions of dollars persecuting persons A for ingesting that plant. tery

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