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New Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Federal Intervention on Marijuana


In the wake of Jeff Sessions rescinding the Cole memo and attempting to reignite the failing war on cannabis in America, many politicians and citizens alike have come out in defiance of the archaic approach to law enforcement. Now, we have tangible evidence Americans are not in favor of Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ) unwinding years of drug policy reform progress.

According to a poll conducted by HuffPost and YouGov shortly after the DOJ announced new federal prosecution guidelines for marijuana at the state level, 56 percent of Americans surveyed said they are opposed to the federal government interfering with states that have legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational purposes.

Additionally, respondents believe fairly overwhelmingly that marijuana laws should not be determined at the federal level, with only 32 percent agreeing that federal law should rule the issue.

In case anyone was worried that all 1,000 U.S. adults surveyed are marijuana users, 74 percent said they had not consumed cannabis in the last year.

Regardless of smoking history, 55 percent of Americans surveyed believe marijuana should be legal at both the state and federal levels. Other polls have found even higher rates of national support, with a recent Gallup Poll finding a majority of Republicans want prohibition to cease.

Even with updated prosecution guidance from Sessions and the DOJ for U.S. Attorneys across the country, many lawmakers have come out and said their priorities will not change as they continue to focus time and resources on issues that truly danger the people in their jurisdictions, such as violent crime and the opioid crisis.

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  1. Leo "Skip" Dearing on

    I think you could call the headline of this piece an honest to God, NO SH*T moment. Thank you Captain Oblivious! Finally over 50% of the American people are not ignorant about cannabis, it’s been a long time coming.

  2. Hate to say it Jeff you blew this one you know a smart man learns from others mistakes not there own look at your history, quit wasting money on something everyone is for wake up !!!

  3. Let’s go to the scorecard for a moment….it’s been determined that the weed does not cause brain damage in adults, unless you’re a lab rat who’s been fed the equivalent of 200 joints a day. It’s also been shown that smoking cannabis does NOT lead to heroin addiction, otherwise a significant number of the 30 million Americans who smoke it would become junkies (most of us know when to stop and what our limits are).

    Meanwhile, cannabis therapy has been proven effective in treating more and more health issues to the extent that nobody with a lick of sense would deny its benefits. So back off, Jeff Sessions! I, for one, do NOT want to treat my ailments with addictive, synthetic opioids. I deserve other options….so do the soldiers who defend our country, returning from war with numerous ailments. EVERYBODY deserves to choose between cannabis and Vicodin, for example. Common sense says that a nation stumbling around in an opioid stupor is far worse than drawing a toke off a bong. I ask you Jeff Sessions… you possess the common sense gene?

  4. Jeff Sessions is a washed up old man trying to hang on to his youthful decision making skills which are obviously outdated and have gone by the wayside in any common sense individual who has a lick of brains in their head would recognize by the poll of the American people, WE THE PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN AND ITS YOUR JOB TO LISTEN TO US!!! Not your lacking moral compass that is steering you back in time!!! WTF?!?!?! DUMBASS!!!

  5. Jeff, you’re majoring in minors. Don’t you have enough to do? Is this a ploy to get 45 out off of uranus? You got DACA, criminal justice, racism, wage inequality, voter suppression, Russia, Russia, Russia, and 45 to keep you busy for your entire life much less on your term. Why do you have to get in the states’ business? I know you think you work for 45 but you work to uphold the constitution, FOR US. MLK called it interposition and nullification. Cut the crap and spend our tax dollars most efficiently and let the states run the states.

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