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Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Benefits Of Legalized Marijuana

21 Avril 2017

Everyone's really supportive of what's going on and legalization coming to a real thing.

Prison sentences of up to 14 years are also proposed for illegal distribution or sale of marijuana. Researchers discovered the percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled to 17 from eight per cent between 2013 and 2014.

Canadians voted for the Trudeau government knowing that it had promised to legalize pot and treat it as a drug that is arguably no more unsafe than alcohol, which is legal and widely marketed.

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

A majority of those polled strongly disagreed with the federal classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug alongside narcotics and feel the policy does not make sense given the legality of alcohol and tobacco. Only 30 percent said they thought the Trump administration should be tougher than the Obama administration.

A Gallup poll conducted previous year indicated that 60 percent of Americans believe marijuana should be legal.

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In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis and in November joined seven others that have legalized the herb for recreational use.

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

Republican support for federal non-enforcement in states where the drug is legal is lower here at 53/40, but that's the lowest figure among every subgroup tested.

See the poll breakdown from CBS here. And yet, that's where we are according to public opinion. Of the 52 percent of Americans that have tried it, just under half-44 percent-continue to partake in marijuana. Not here. That's some drop-off between the solidly pro-legalization 55-64 group and the anti-legalization 65+ group.

CEO David Johnston says pharmaceutical distributors offer a more appropriate vehicle for the recreational marijuana market, noting they have a complex infrastructure in place already to handle recalls. Quinnipiac sees the same gap, albeit not as pronounced as CBS does. Three in four adults between 18 and 34 support legal marijuana use, as do six in 10 Americans between 35 and 64.

Commissioned by Yahoo! News and performed by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, the survey asked a representative sample of 1,122 adults nationwide via cellphones and land-line phones. That's as good as it gets in today's polarized American politics. 52 percent of the people interviewed said they'd tried marijuana at least once and of those, 54 percent were parents and they were not concerned with marijuana getting into the hands of their children. "I think that's my biggest problem", she said. The error for subgroups may be higher and is available by request. I'm not so sure.

Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Benefits Of Legalized Marijuana