Published: Mon, April 24, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Pot Smokers Are Worried About Trump's Marijuana Policy

Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from past year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll. Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana since 2012. 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.

She also acknowledged a slight uptick in emergency room visits but said it was too soon to attribute the data to marijuana legalization.

Support for marijuana legalization has risen among all age groups, particularly those under 55.

While Connecticut does not appear to be moving forward with legal marijuana, other New England states are, including MA, where voters last year approved a ballot question legalizing the drug, with retail sales beginning next year. Supporters of marijuana celebrate pot across the country today. Most men have tried it, while most women say they haven't.

Even some seasoned pot smokers told Eyewitness News off camera that they don't appreciate the idea of legalizing marijuana either because it opens the door for big business to take over.

"I think that the legalization issues, and the fact that some states have legalized marijuana, has made it more acceptable to certain individuals".

With state legalization sweeping the nation, it may come as no surprise that support for federal legalization has reached an all-time high (no pun intended).

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws, even in those states where it is legal.

The tracking would also help to ensure cannabis is not being diverted to illegal markets, the department said, given the government's stated and oft-repeated goal of limiting organized crime's footprint in the pot trade.

65% think marijuana is less risky than most other drugs.

It's legal for people over 21 in Colorado to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, which is readily available in dedicated shops throughout the state. Marijuana tops the list of concerns for Americans who have never tried marijuana.

The poll, which surveyed more than 1,000 Americans from April 11 to 15 via telephone, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

The poll employed a random digit dial methodology.

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