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Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use

I used to be against the idea of legalization and now I think I support it. Honest to God, I have never even tried it but, most everyone I know is or at least was using it. I would guess everyone here would at least support usage for medical reasons. After getting a better picture on the prohibtion era, I even more strongly think it should be legalized. Just wondering what you guys think.
P.S. I have no intention of even trying it myself...not interested, unless I got cancer or something
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Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use

Liberals and those 18 to 29 most in favor; Americans 65 and older most opposed

by Frank Newport
PRINCETON, NJ -- A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year. Forty-six percent say marijuana use should remain illegal.
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When Gallup first asked about legalizing marijuana, in 1969, 12% of Americans favored it, while 84% were opposed. Support remained in the mid-20s in Gallup measures from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but has crept up since, passing 30% in 2000 and 40% in 2009 before reaching the 50% level in this year's Oct. 6-9 annual Crime survey.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States." The National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2009 found that "16.7 million Americans aged 12 or older used marijuana at least once in the month prior to being surveyed, an increase over the rates reported in all years between 2002 and 2008."
The advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws claims that marijuana is the third-most-popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco. Some states have decriminalized marijuana's use, some have made it legal for medicinal use, and some officials, including former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, have called for legalizing its use.
A Gallup survey last year found that 70% favored making it legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana in order to reduce pain and suffering. Americans have consistently been more likely to favor the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes than to favor its legalization generally.
Younger Americans Most in Favor of Legalizing Marijuana
Support for legalizing marijuana is directly and inversely proportional to age, ranging from 62% approval among those 18 to 29 down to 31% among those 65 and older. Liberals are twice as likely as conservatives to favor legalizing marijuana. And Democrats and independents are more likely to be in favor than are Republicans.
More men than women support legalizing the drug. Those in the West and Midwest are more likely to favor it than those in the South.
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I have a friend fending off a 10 year jail sentence for growing it! He is bummed and @ 32 y/o his life could not be so good.

I think if a substance can be grown in the ground (this includes opiates) then it should be legal. The middle-class and up (Americans are RICH) just go to their doctor to get their drugs.

Why can't the poor farm theirs? Just watch those dumb ass shows on Discovery and you will see the manhours and $'s we spend trying to chase a couple of mexican dudes across the stream back to Mexico after they did a 'drop'.

Even if it was legal I wouldn't smoke it anymore. Well, maybe occasionally when I want to party, but gosh how can you 'abuse' Marijuana? I grew up smoking it, and never found it addictive!

If Alcohol is legal, they bring on the Merry-Ja-Wanna.

--Oh, my best friend from the Navy spends full time chasing after 'legal' shops in SF bay area. STUPID!!!!!!!!

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WHO CARES WHAT OTHERS THINK?


"You are a slave Neo. In a prison you can not see, touch or smell." ( excuse paraphrasing )

Really, is there anything more oppressive than a government imposing on your freedom to alter your consciousness? Think about that for a second. How in the world can anyone say they live in a free country when freedom to think is prohibited?

Problem for government is marijuana does not make for easily herded sheeple. Pacifists have alway been the biggest threat to governments. Ego dissolving attributes of the herb also don't make for good consumers = willing debt slaves. Private prison industry is also big business. Need criminals of any and every kind to fill them.
This group owns the propaganda machine. Remember the movie Reefer Madness?

Everything in moderation. PEACE. OUT.

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Yep. Everything in moderation.

Why should the government tell me what I can and cannot put in my body?

I like beer but I think it has more of a negative effect than weed.

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I am not convinced that they ( gubmnt ) are concerned about what you put in your body. That is the ruse. It is your mind they are after. They already own and can take your body if they want - it is called the draft.

The communists outlawed religion. Worship only the state. That game goes on here but a little more subtley. Why for instance are there flyovers of US air force jets at major sporting events? The power of the state is omni present. Watching the Obama innauguration on tv one might infer Presidentialism rivals Christianity by a close second. Please don't take offense. I was just amazed at the worship of this man.

Marijuana , LSD, these are threats to belief systems that are hanging on by a thread. I think an awakening is coming and there is not a damn thing anybody can do about it. The internet is just the start of it.

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I say if a grown ass man decides he wants to use marijuana, then so be it!

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I agreed.

If alcohol is legal, I think weed should be too.

I have never tried it myself, but I see friend used it a few time. It did not make them any different beside a little high and tell me some of the private thing they don't even say when they are drunk.

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I agreed.

If alcohol is legal, I think weed should be too.

I have never tried it myself, but I see friend used it a few time. It did not make them any different beside a little high and tell me some of the private thing they don't even say when they are drunk.

It makes some chic's insatiably horny which is never a bad thing! Unless you don't like children.

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When I was a little younger I indulged , just in case I was to get claucoma I wanted to build up a temperament . If its legal or not the revenues just help fund a cartel whether it be over the border or right here .

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If its legal or not the revenues just help fund a cartel whether it be over the border or right here .

Not exactly. If you're buying the cheap "dirt weed" then yes it may be coming from Mexico, but most folks prefer high quality stuff and most of that is grown in the basements or attics of Mom & Pop or some "entrepreneurial spirited" individual or partners.

Now regarding California and Denver (and maybe other states), these "Mom & Pop" operations are much larger but I wouldn't call them "cartels" by the common definition.

The intelligent thing to do is to study countries that have legalized marijuana and see what the result has been. For example in Spain individuals can grow/own a couple plants. Thats about right for an individual and would really cut down on funding criminal organizations. But in the Netherlands they have banned foreigners from purchasing marijuana because of abuse of the privilege by "coffee shops" selling to border crossers.

But seeing how the craft beer market has really taken off, I suspect if marijuana was legalized then we might see this market also take off.

Substance abuse is not a good thing, but as with alcohol, there can be responsible use.

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