Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Gets Hearing from Governor Carney

Sixty-five percent of people actually think that marijuana is less unsafe than other drugs as well, indicating increased public awareness of distinctions that marijuana advocates have been trying to draw for decades.

Meanwhile, in the USA, a CBS news poll has found 61 per cent of Americans think pot should be legal, 88 per cent favour medical marijuana use, and 71 per cent oppose the federal government trying to stop marijuana sales in states where it's legal. Back in 1979, this poll found just 27 percent saying it should be legal.

The CBS News poll possesses a margin of error of +/- four percent.

That marks a five-percent increase over previous year and the highest percentage ever recorded since CBS began asking the question.

Even some seasoned pot smokers told Eyewitness News off camera yhat they don't appreciate the idea of legalizing marijuana either because it opens the door for big business to take over. "And most Americans also think marijuana is less risky than most other drugs", CBS reports, "particularly those who say they have tried it".

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Seventy percent of those who've tried marijuana support recreational legalization, the study reports; non-users are split on whether to legalize the drug, with 49 percent supporting and 47 percent opposing.

Almost three-quarters of respondents, or 71 percent, said they oppose federal crackdowns on marijuana sales and use in these states, including 76 percent of Democrats, 72 percent of independents and 63 percent of Republicans, according to survey results. People oppose the legalization of marijuana are Republicans and voters over 65 years old.

Half of Americans have tried marijuana - more than ever reported by the poll.

Pharmaceutical distributors offer a more appropriate vehicle for the recreational marijuana market, CEO David Johnston said in an interview Wednesday, noting they already have the infrastructure in place to handle potential recalls, be it in downtown Toronto or remote northern Ontario. Over three quarters of those 18 to 34 favor legalization, while around 60% of those 35 to 64 do. If you want to grow your own, check local laws first, because they vary from state to state. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household. "As our findings have shown, a majority of people feel that Sessions' recent comments about the marijuana industry indicate a stance that could potentially hinder further legislative progress in the U.S".

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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