49 Percent of Americans Support the Recreational Use of Marijuana

According to a new poll, eight in ten Americans strongly believe that medical marijuana should be legalized. The same research shows that 49 percent of American adults support the recreational use of marijuana, seeing the drug as less harmful than alcohol, cigarettes, or other drugs.

The Survey Looked at 1,122 Adults Throughout the Country

Using a call-based system, the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion asked 1,122 adults throughout the country if they support both the recreational use of marijuana and the legalization of medical weed.

70 percent of individuals believed that marijuana is less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes and alcohol. 67 percent of responders supported the use of medical marijuana as they believed the drug to be less harmful than opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin.

Only 26 percent of all responders admitted never having tried marijuana. 52 percent admitted to using it in at least one occasion, and over 50 percent agreed that the drug is socially acceptable. A very small percentage expressed concerns on the addictive properties of the plant. More than 30 percent of participants told their interviewers that marijuana should be legalized.

It’s Both Legal and Illegal at the Same Time

Back in 1970, the Nixon administration created the Controlled Substances Act. Then, the president convinced Attorney General John Mitchell to add the then-legal drug to the list in 1972. At the moment, marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, aka one of the most dangerous substances in the world. According to the CSA, marijuana is as lethal as heroin.

Even though most states voted for legalization, the substance is still classified as an illegal drug under federal law. This means that doctors have to go through the rings of hell to prescribe it for medical use, even in the case of terminal patients who fit the standard requirements mentioned in the newly-written state law.

To add insult to injury, any VA doctors or members that prescribe or use the substance within a state that legalized it can be prosecuted as all military or ex-military personnel is judged according to federal law.

Will Marijuana Ever Be Truly Legal?

The only way to allow more doctors to prescribe the drug to patients that need it is to either remove it from the CSA or recategorize it as a Schedule 3 or 4 drug.

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