DUH: Majority Supports Legalizing Pot

The majority of the US population believes marijuana should be legal.

Recent data suggests that most Americans fully support legalizing cannabis for medial use, recreational use, or use for either reason. A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University suggests that 54% of Americans are in favor of legalization. One of the coolest things about the data is that it shows that political party has little to nothing to do with the fact that the individuals support legalizing the drug. In fact, groups in which the majority surveyed support marijuana legalization include Democrats, Republicans and Independents as well as men and youth. Out of all of those surveyed, the majority supported both marijuana use for medical conditions as well as its use to treat vets with PTSD.

Some notable names have lent their support to the marijuana movement. Most recently, President Barack Obama said that he believes that pot needs to be legalized and regulated much like tobacco and alcohol. While his words are somewhat of a comfort, many are angry that he waited until his last few months in office to reveal this stance in a Rolling Stones magazine article. He said that the debate for legalization is now ripe within the nation and that law enforcement agencies cannot sustainably maintain a system in which laws vary by county or state regarding the drug’s use. “Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict but are done either legislatively or through the DEA. As you might imagine, the DEA, whose job it is historically to enforce drug laws, is not always going to be on the cutting edge about these issues,” he said. He also reminded readers that pot is now legal in about a fifth of the country. 

Former presidential candidate Hilary Clinton previously expressed support for legalizing medical marijuana. Weed has plenty of celebrity backers. Some stars that have advocated for legalizing the drug include Miley Cyrus, Whiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg, Bill Maher, Willie Nelson and Susan Sarandon. Whoopi Goldberg, who uses pot to treat her own headaches, speaks highly of her vaporizer pen and is working on medical marijuana to help with period cramps, and actor Seth Rogen is another big vocal supporter of the drug. Singer Rhianna is developing her own brand of pot known as MaRihanna. 

Woody Harrelson, who was arrested for possession in 1996 after planting help seeds, is on the board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He was also one of the first people to attempt to start up a medical marijuana facility in Hawaii.  Singer Melissa Etheridge says that she utilized cannabis to help her get through cancer treatments. She is planning on creating her own cannabis-infused wines to sell. Alanis Morissette says that she utilizes medical marijuana as well. Additional influential celebrities who have vocalized support in favor of legalizing pot include Jack Black, Rick Steves (who speaks on behalf of legalization at various events) and the Dalai Lama, who is in favor of using the drug to treat illness and injury.