Changing opinions on marijuana legalization drugwarrant
It can take a lot, sometimes entire generations to dramatically shift the country’s views, and this is dramatic.


Pew Research Center:
Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise

The share of Americans who favor legalizing the use of marijuana continues to increase. Today, 57% of U.S. adults say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 37% say it should be illegal. A decade ago, opinion on legalizing marijuana was nearly the reverse – just 32% favored legalization, while 60% were opposed.

That’s incredible, and a testament to the amazing work done by so many people, who chose not to let the government and prevailing views silence them, and instead wrote letters to the editor, or talked to the local Kiwanis club, or brought up legalization at Thanksgiving dinner, or campaigned for a medical marijuana law, or made comments on internet fora.

When you look at the breakdown, there are very few demographics left to conquer.

MJ Arrests Outnumber Those for Violent Crimes

How The ‘Cannabis Catch-22’
Keeps Marijuana Classified As A Harmful Drug

Author John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, traces the history of America’s laws and attitudes toward cannabis in his new book,Marijuana: A Short History. He tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies that the recent shift in public policy is, in part, a recognition of the drug’s medicinal value, which became apparent in San Francisco during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

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Changing opinions on marijuana legalization
Changing opinions on marijuana legalization


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DdC 1 year 13 weeks ago

ACLU and Human Rights Watch
Call For Decriminalization Of Personal Drug Use

American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch have called for the decriminalization of personal drug use in America. The statement comes as President Barack Obama's Administration has begun de-escalating the half-century-old War on Drugs.

Legend 1 year 13 weeks ago

Even in states where pot is legal, employers can drug test for it and refuse to hire or they can fire employees for positive tests. These tests are so sensitive that they can detect use within the last 30 days. Even second hand smoke can be detected. Yet, positive outcomes in Colorado and Washington keep coming out. When are we going to get past reefer madness?

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