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New Poll Could Impact Marijuana Legalization In PA

21 April 2017

To coincide with the national marijuana holiday colloquially known as 4/20, CBS released new poll results Thursday that found a record 61 percent of Americans believe marijuana use should be legal.

The company first started asking the question in 1979, at which point just 27 per cent said they were in favor of legalization. Sixty-five percent of people actually think that marijuana is less risky than other drugs as well, indicating increased public awareness of distinctions that marijuana advocates have been trying to draw for decades. That was before seven more states legalized the drug in November; today, marijuana is legal in some form in 28 states. Only the elderly age 65 and older believe that marijuana should still be illegal, with only 37 percent approving of legalization. Last year, Pew Research reported that 57 percent of Americans favor recreational legalization.

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This is at odds with federal law, which still considers marijuana a schedule 1 drug, which is what it classifies those with "no now accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse", on the same level as heroin, LSD and peyote.

Despite a partisan split in support for legalization, Americans from all political backgrounds overwhelmingly opposed the federal government taking action in states that have passed laws allowing for the sale and use of marijuana. "And only 23 percent think legalizing marijuana leads to an increase violent crime". Attorney General Jeff Sessions has pledged to bring back the highly successful "war" that, as you know, completely eliminated drugs from the streets of America once and for all. Similar surveys taken over the past year have shown that public support for legal cannabis is higher now than it has ever been before. In 2014, the Justice Department issued guidelines for banks on how to legally provide financial services to state-licensed marijuana businesses. Not here. That's some drop-off between the solidly pro-legalization 55-64 group and the anti-legalization 65+ group.

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"I had signed up on behalf of IL chiefs to speak and I was under the impression that I could speak about our position", he said.

Pharmaceutical distributors offer a more appropriate vehicle for the recreational marijuana market, CEO David Johnston said in an interview Wednesday, noting they already have the infrastructure in place to handle potential recalls, be it in downtown Toronto or remote northern Ontario.

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