A newly released survey has shown that most Americans back marijuana legalization and removal of past marijuana conviction records.
CBS News sponsored the poll launched on the unofficial cannabis 4/20 holiday. It shows that 55% of the interviewees said adult-use marijuana should be legalized in their state. Forty percent said it should remain illegal.
Despite the large proposing majority, the figure is relatively lower than other recent surveys (such as those emitted by the Pew Research Center and Quinnipiac University in March). Those surveys concluded that 60 percent and 69 percent of United States citizens support full legalization.
What’s unique about the CBS News poll is that respondents were questioned about associated marijuana uses. For instance, 59% of 18 and older individuals asserted that folks with non-violent cannabis convictions in territories that’ve authorized cannabis should have those records expunged. 37% stated that the conviction records shouldn’t be removed.
Sixty percent of the surveyed individuals living in a legal cannabis state backed the policy. Additionally, 53% of people living in states where cannabis is still prohibited stated that it should be authorized.
23% of the interviewees said cannabis legalization would increase crime rates, and 19% stated it would reduce crime. However, 53% (the majority) claimed it would have zero effect.
CBS additionally questioned respondents if they thought cannabis legalization would make people consume other drugs as well. Forty-five percent stated that the measure would have little to zero effect, and 33% indicated that they thought individuals would use other drugs. Seventeen percent said marijuana would make folks less likely to seek other drugs.
Almost half of U.S citizens (48%) stated that legalization would improve local economies, 14% said it would negatively affect the economy, and 35% said it wouldn’t have any impact.