Despite what Jeff Sessions or President Trump’s Opioid Commission would have you think, the vast majority of Americans are ready for some form of marijuana legalization.
In the face of a long-rumored federal crackdown on individual state marijuana laws, a new Harvard-Harris Poll survey reveals that 49 percent of respondents think the United States should legalize cannabis for both recreational and medical purposes, while 37 percent believe it should be available medicinally. Most interestingly, only 14 percent of Americans surveyed believe the outright federal prohibition of marijuana should continue.
Yes, that means the same number of adults in the United States (14%) that cannot read think marijuana should not be legal.
It’s also worth noting that 14 percent of Americans believe in Bigfoot.
And while rooting for the underdog can be fun, the 86 percent of people in the Harvard-Harris survey who want marijuana reform see the War on Drugs for what it really is — a money pit that’s caused far more harm than good in this country.
States with marijuana legalization see a dramatic reduction in opioid overdoses, tons of new jobs, and a serious influx of new revenue. Without the incessant lobbying and campaign donations from Big Pharma, Big Tobacco, and Big Alcohol standing in the way of reform, this problem may have been solved long ago. However, we still have some people getting locked behind bars for a plant that’s legal in some form for roughly 200 million Americans.