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November 18, 2011

New poll shows continued concerns about blanket pot prohibition

Chart_03_marijuana_111117As report in this CBS News report, which is headlined "Poll: Public supports medical marijuana, but not full pot legalization," public support for an end to blanket pot prohibition continues to grow.  Here are the details:

According a recent CBS News poll conducted at the end of October, a slim majority of 51 percent continues to think that marijuana use should be illegal.  But support for specifically allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for serious medical conditions -- or legalized "medical" marijuana -- is far stronger: 77 percent Americans think it should be allowed.

Still, even though most Americans support this, just three in 10 believe that the marijuana currently being bought in this country under state-authorized medical marijuana programs is being used in the way it has been authorized: for alleviating suffering from serious medical conditions.

A recent CBS News Poll conducted nationwide finds 40 percent of Americans think the use of marijuana should be legal, while 51 percent think it should not.  The percentage that favors legalizing marijuana use has been steady for the past two years, but it is larger than it was when CBS News first asked the question back in 1979.

Not all demographic groups view this issue the same, however:

  • Younger Americans support legalizing marijuana more than older Americans. Slightly more than half of those under thirty favor legalizing the substance (52 percent), while Americans between 30 and 44 are divided. Older Americans tend to oppose legalizing marijuana, particularly those 65 and older (62 percent).
  • Most women (54 percent) oppose legalizing marijuana, but men are divided: 46 percent of men favor legalizing it, while 47 percent oppose.... 
  • There are differences in terms of both party affiliation and political philosophy. Seven in 10 Republicans oppose legalizing marijuana, while Democrats are divided and independents lean towards legalizing it. Two in three liberals think marijuana should be legal while two in three conservatives think it should not be, and moderates are divided.

While a slight majority of Americans oppose the idea of legalizing marijuana in general, more than three in four think that doctors should be allowed to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patients suffering from serious illnesses -- the conditions for use that are set up in all of the states that have legalized medical marijuana programs.  Support for this cuts across age, gender, region, and political affiliation.

But Americans are skeptical that most of the marijuana purchased in the U.S. through state authorized medical marijuana programs is being used in the way it has been sanctioned.  Just 31 percent of Americans think marijuana purchased under such programs is being used to alleviate suffering from serious medical illnesses.  More than half -- 52 percent -- think it is being used for other reasons, including four in 10 of those who think marijuana should be legal in general.

CBS has made results from the complete poll available at this link.

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Doctors may prescribe cannabis at will, with almost no restriction now, in the form of pharmaceutical grade marinol, from marijuana grown on federal plantations. Because it is ingested in pill form, it takes a while to reach the brain cannabis receptor. The upsweep in blood level from smoking it and the control of delivery by the smoker is missing, as is the intoxication. So advocates of legalization are using this false medical restriction as an excuse to get in the back door of getting high.

I support legalization, but not under false medical pretenses. Leave the medical profession out of this debate. Legalization should be based on moral, economic, and intellectual grounds. For example, drug enforcement is the biggest federal price support in all of agriculture, except for one little problem. The price support goes to the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and the Mexican drug cartels. Prohibition and its enforcemnt by any police, prosecutor, judge, legislator, should be considered treasonous collaboration with foreign enemies making war on our nation. I would support warning them to stop, and then arresting, trying and executing the lot for treason. I would like to see an investigation into any legitimate business supporting such prohibitionists with campaign contributions. These legitimate sources may be owned and serve as front organizations for our enemies. Legalization would end the contradiction of allowing highly addictive substances that kill 500,000 people a year, that are found in half the murderers, half the murder victims, and half the suicides. Meanwhile a mildly addictive substance is prohibited that kills dozens of people a year, mostly in car crashes. This illogical situation brings contempt on the rule of law, makes it look stupid to even a child. As far as marijuana being a gateway drug to harder drugs, alcohol out gateways it by several orders of magnitude.

Medicine will greatly profit from the medical consequences of marijuana, as they now do from the consequences of alcohol and cigarettes.

To prevent an explosion of abuse and its costly medical and psychiatric consequences, everyone should be issued an adult pleasure license, which will be lost after consumption causes problems. Adults not causing problems from their enjoyment of adult pleasures should be left alone. To maintain privacy, all records of adult pleasure license use should be destroyed every 3 months. The records and approval of adult pleasures should be contracted to private credit card companies, and the immune from discovery. Any judge granting a discovery motion of adult pleasures license presentation should be impeached per se and summarily. Zero tolerance for government intrusion into the adult pleasure practices of adults not causing problems. Cigarettes, alcohol, prostitution, and life threatening sports such as ski diving should be considered adult pleasures.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Nov 19, 2011 10:14:38 PM

I think that whichever your social or religious or just moral issues are, when you are seriously sick you should grab any slightest opportunity to struggle and survive. MJ is one of the best natural pain relieves so why not take it and use it?

Posted by: Avi Player | Nov 25, 2011 3:04:19 AM

I think that medical marijuana is helpful but it should be prescribed and used under the strict control so addicts won't get advantage of it.

Posted by: filezilla | Mar 5, 2012 8:01:00 AM

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