Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high

A handful of states have already begun to legalize marijuana for recreational use, including Colorado, California, and Nevada. Since then, voters in eight states and Washington, D.C., have given it the green light.

New polling shows that almost every voter in the United States supports legalizing medical marijuana, and a strong majority supports legalizing recreational marijuana. A new CBS poll found the highest percentage of Americans ever favored making marijuana legal, with 61 percent of voters saying weed should be legal for adults and another 88 percent backing making medical marijuana legal across the U.S.

While 63% of Republicans oppose the federal government trying to stop marijuana use in these states, 76% of Democrats and 72% of independents oppose the federal government intervening.

Sessions finds it particularly necessary to focus on marijuana usage, which is legal in one form or another in dozens of states and legal recreationally in an increasing number, while becoming beloved by moms, arthritic mutants and Olympic champions nationwide.

The legislation prohibits Oregon's legal pot shops from keeping keeping or transferring customers' personal information, including names, birthdates, addresses and other data typically gleaned from the government-issued identification cards individuals are asked to provide prior to each purchase.

Federal law is "not eviscerated because the state ceases to enforce it in", Mr. Sessions said last month. Most Americans (69 percent) think habitual drug use should be treated as an addiction and mental health problem instead of a criminal offense.

CBS's poll was conducted by phone April 11-15 and included a random sample of 1,011 USA adults.

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