Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Most Think Marijuana Is Safer Than Opioids

Most Think Marijuana Is Safer Than Opioids

Almost 7 in 10 Americans approve of professional athletes using marijuana to manage pain.

The poll found that 52 percent of the USA adults have tried marijuana at least once and 56 percent of Americans find the drug "socially acceptable".

Despite the fact that eight out of ten Americans expressed an elevated support for legalizing medicinal cannabis, the hazy reality of adult-use marijuana had those surveyed split down the middle; 47% opposed the legalization of adult-use cannabis while 49% supported it. However, among parents who use marijuana, 75 percent see it as socially acceptable. "I hear it all the time".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime pot opponent, said past year that "good people don't smoke marijuana", and pot backers fear the worst. So far, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia have all legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The poll also finds that a stigma is still associated with the drug. And 54% of people who said they use marijuana are parents.

In comparison, the poll found that 58 percent of parents think their children would disapprove if they found out their mother or father enjoyed marijuana recreationally. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they had tried the drug at least once.

Americans in general, including parents, believe 20 to be the age at which someone is old enough to decide whether or not to use marijuana.

"You go to someone's house. you have the parents share a joint and down the hall the teenager will share a joint and neither will know", he said.

The Yahoo News/Marist Poll found "more and more Americans are overcoming old taboos and incorporating pot into their family lives", researchers reported.

The groups surveyed 1,122 adults for the "Weed & the American Family" survey, which has a 2.9 percent margin of error. Instead, their main worry is smoking cigarettes (24 percent), followed by using marijuana (21 percent), drinking alcohol (21 percent), having sex (17 percent) and cheating on a test (12 percent). Results are statistically significant within ±2.9 percentage points.

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