More Americans support legalizing marijuana than ever before
This new presidency is bringing back all your classic faves: Racism, Nazism, Ted Nugent, misogyny and that great hit from the ’80s that just won’t quit, the War on Drugs. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to bring back the highly successful “war” that, as you know, completely eliminated drugs from the streets of America once and for all. 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 country is not on his side, according to a new CBS News poll released Thursday: 61 percent of Americans now think marijuana should be legalized, which is a five-percentage point increase from this time last year, and the highest ever recorded in the poll. Seventy-one percent oppose the federal government’s efforts to stop marijuana sales and its use in states that have legalized it, which cuts across party lines to include opposition from most Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. And on top of that, most people think marijuana is less dangerous than most other drugs, and only 23 percent think legalizing pot leads to an increase violent crime.
This is at odds with federal law, which still considers marijuana a schedule 1 drug, which is what it classifies those with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” on the same level as heroin, LSD and peyote. That ranks marijuana as more dangerous than schedule 2 drugs such as cocaine, meth, oxycodone and OxyContin. And, though it’s increasingly treated as not a big deal by law enforcement especially in big cities like New York, arrests still disproportionately affect minorities.
The poll came out Thursday, which is of course 4/20, the St. Patrick’s Day of weed, except instead of drunk Long Island bros screaming and vomiting green beer on the streets of Manhattan, people are at home enjoying “Adventure Time” or just on a really nice walk in the park with their headphones on. As such, 53 percent of people in the CBS poll think alcohol is more harmful than marijuana. But of course, when has the Trump administration let the will of the majority or the findings of popular science stop them?