Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Feds look to establish cannabis tracking system in legalized regime

"There are. hard and complicated questions that need to be answered around the legalization of marijuana both medically and recreationally", he said. They also believe marijuana is less unsafe than other substances: 76 percent consider it less risky than tobacco, 70 percent less risky than alcohol, and 67 percent less risky than opiates. Congress approved a major overhaul of drug laws, the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which removed some mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug offenses but also classified marijuana, at least temporarily, as a Schedule I drug with no valid medical use, along with heroin, mescaline and LSD.

More generally on the topic of drug abuse, 69 percent think that should be treated as an addiction and mental health problem rather than a criminal offense.

The celebration is expected to take on new meaning now the federal government has set in motion its legalization process including sweeping legal, health and justice policy shifts. Back in 1979, this poll found just 27 percent saying it should be legal.

Those over 65 are the most opposed to legalization, but most under age 65 support it. This would mark the first time marijuana would be legal in any form after being outlawed for almost 60 years.

In 1997, 34% of Americans reported trying it.

Having had a few days to digest the Trudeau government's plan to make good on its campaign promise to make marijuana legal, 63 per cent gave the legislation a thumbs up. Jeff Sessions, who is the Attorney General for the Trump administration, has called marijuana "slightly less very bad than heroin" and he once stated that good people don't smoke the plant. This helps the many working Americans who use the flower for medicinal or recreational benefits to not feel stigmatized by their decision to utilize the herb.

76% of the public views regular tobacco use as more risky than pot use when compared head-to-head, while 72% view alcohol as more unsafe than cannabis when compared side by side.

But the White House previously said it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted.

Results from the multi-center study showed that patients with a decrease in PCT less than or equal to 80 percent during the first four days following diagnosis of severe sepsis or septic shock had a two-fold increased risk of death as compared to those who experienced a decrease in PCT greater than 80 percent1. Because of this, every state that has legalized marijuana is committing a federal offense. Canopy Growth is already one of a relatively small group of companies licensed to sell medical marijuana in Canada.

There are partisan differences. That was before seven more states legalized the drug in November; today, marijuana is legal in some form in 28 states. And of those who have tried weed, 44 percent now use it. Now half of Americans say they have tried it, similar to a year ago, though up from a third who said they did in 1997.

30% of respondents believe the most significant concern about using marijuana is that it's illegal (the most popular answer among the nine answers offered). Most Americans under 65 say they have tried it, while just a quarter of seniors 65 and older have.

The pollster said that, had it been a random sample of 1,467 Canadians, the margin of error would have been within 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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