Americans agree: Legal Weed is Coming

by Rachel Baker on April 3, 2014

It appears there’s been a shift in Americans’ thinking on marijuana. Even though some don’t agree with it, in general, people think legalization overall is going to happen.

That said, this was a small survey, but it would be interesting to see what the numbers are with a larger survey.

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 75 percent of Americans believe selling and using marijuana will eventually be legalized. Of the people surveyed, both the majority of people for and against legalized weed agree that it is coming.

The decriminalization effort has been controversial since the beginning of the year when Colorado sold the first legal marijuana in the state to a war veteran with PTSD. Currently 17 states have laws decriminalizing the sale and use of marijuana, or laws that lessen restrictions for institutions like hospitals. Washington, DC was the most recent place to become significantly more lenient with marijuana punishments, lowering the penalty for possession to a $25 fine, down from a $1,000 fine or a six-month prison sentence.

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