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Cato Institute Survey: Over Half Of Americans In Favor Of Drug Decriminalization

Jane Summers

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According to a new poll, taken through phone interviews with approximately 1,700 adults, indicated that 55 percent of respondents supported decriminalization of civil infractions that do not have jail time.

Those who participated in the poll were asked whether they “favor or oppose recategorizing drug offenses from felonies to civil offenses, meaning they would be treated like minor traffic violations rather than crime.” Decriminalization was supported most by democrats, according to the survey. About 69 percent of democratic respondents favored decriminalization, while 30 percent opposed.

When it comes to marijuana specifically, another survey, conducted in April 2019, indicated that a majority of respondents supported marijuana legalization. The respondents were all ages, races, and genders. In addition, 42 percent of respondents indicated that weed should be legal for any use, and the same percentage also found that it should be legal for medicinal purposes.

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy, shared on “What America’s Thinking”:

“The younger you are, the more likely you are to favor it and it's just a matter of time before public opinion finally works its way and marijuana use is generally legalized. He continued, “In this case, the laws are well behind public opinion.”

In a news article by National Affairs, it reports that despite trends showing that Americans are changing their minds about cannabis, “cannabis continues to be illegal at the federal level, and the arguments about that have not changed much in recent years.”

All information is for general informational and educational purposes only. Nothing should be interpreted as legal or medical advice.

Jane is a regular contributor who learned about the great benefits of CBD a few years ago after starting it herself. Impressed by its effects, she's interested in helping others learn about options that can be helpful for them.

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