Breaking News:Dangerous Delays: What Washington State (Re)Teaches Us About Cash and Cannabis Store Robberies [REPORT]

New Poll: Almost Everyone Thinks It's Wrong to Jail People for Pot

Via NORML, check out this new data from an Angus Reid Public Opinion poll.

Majorities of respondents in the three countries (Britain 56%, Canada 68%, United States 74%) welcome the concept of using alternative penalties—such as fines, probation or community service—rather than prison for non-violent offenders. At least seven-in-ten Britons (70%), Americans (74%) and Canadians (78%) believe personal marijuana use should be dealt with through alternative penalties.

…And yet I keep hearing people justifying Obama's medical marijuana crackdown on the grounds that voters will be impressed by his toughness. How much more evidence do we need that huge majorities support less punitive marijuana policies? It's time to bury the antiquated, idiotic myth that the public supports tough drug laws. It's false and it's been false for a very long time.

Follow Scott Morgan on Twitter:

Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!

Wake Up People

Legalization and regulation models are the only real and acceptable ways to combat the demonizing of cannabis. The antiquated perpetuation of the mindset of those who have gone before runs deep, as evidenced by this very article. Let's stay basic and regulate marijuana like alcohol. It is a practical, realistic and workable solution.

We who have the desire to use cannabis wired into our genes are literally second class citizens. I personally function at a productive level whether I use marijuana recreationally or not. I feel that the social sanctions against me are misplaced and have no place in the society in which I live.

I have not consumed a mind altering substance in over a year and have no plans to do so in the near future. I have a job and payments like many do and I can not jeopardize my entire life just to smoke a joint. Even though I would really like to do so without fear of repercussions, as do many who come to this site, I simply can not for it's misplaced perception in today's society.

Here's something that is quite true and accepted in the USA. Suboxone is a narcotic that thousands upon thousands of people take to suppress their opiate addiction. This is a fact and medically accepted. It is a physical, mental and spiritual addiction that takes control of an individual. These people, of whom many hold jobs and positions of responsibility, are allowed to live normal lives with jobs because our medical community and pharmaceutical companies have fought for their right to do so. That's great for the opiate addicts, I hold them no ill will, they have their own battles. I just wonder why there are so many of them without us showing more concern on the matter?

Marijuana has clogged up the judicial system in ways that are unnecessary and ludicrous. It is a plant that kills no one. People get in trouble because of it's legal status, not because of it's chemical composition. There are no deaths attributed to marijuana consumption. I know of no psychotics who became that way because of cannabis. I have not ever witnessed violence brought on by cannabis consumption per se.

We must have a realistic agenda and that is to remove marijuana from Schedule 1, it's wrong period no exception. There is a use for marijuana in medicine. We need to map out the genome scientifically and release it's great potential. We need to regulate cannabis like alcohol. Lastly, we need the hemp industry to thrive in the USA. It is well known that industrial hemp does not get one high and the list of products that can be made from it would make George Washington Carver envious.

"The government's line is that the use of marihuana leads to harder drugs. The fact is that the lack of marihuana leads to dangerous drugs."-Dr. David Smith, Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic

Cannabis Poll

The Obama Autocracy appears to be as bad or worse than the Bush/Cheney regime. What an insane 'public policy' war!

Going bankrupt, the Empire in steep decline ... but still plenty of money for drones and prison cells! Is this a great country or what??!!

What surprised me is that Amerikans are actually a bit more enlightened than Brits or Canadians on the topic.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <i> <blockquote> <p> <address> <pre> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <br> <b>

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, Vaping, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School