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New Poll Indicates Americans Ready to End War on Drugs

This PEW poll domonstrates how the favor of legalized marijuana has increased over the years.

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New Poll Indicates Americans Ready to End War on Drugs

A recent survey indicates that the American people are ready to finally put an end to the War on Drugs.

A Pew Research poll released earlier last month finds that not only is the American public hell bent on the federal government passing measures to lessen penalties surrounding marijuana-related offenses, but they also want them to eradicate stiff sentences for offenses involving cocaine and heroin.

Drug advocates contend that as long as public opinion continues to weigh against the current policies, lawmakers will have no choice but to eventually join in.

“The public is definitely pretty far ahead of politicians,” said Jag Davies with the Drug Policy Alliance. “Elected officials have been so scared for so long, but they’re starting to realize it’s to their benefit to reevaluate [their policies].”

The latest survey, which is the first in over a decade to catch a glimpse of the opinions surrounding the American drug policy, finds that 67 percent of the population believes that Uncle Sam should pursue treatment options for hard drug offenders rather than sentencing them to prison. Incidentally, 63 percent agreed that eliminating mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses would be a step in the right direction.

Perhaps the most impressive statistic to emerge from this poll tells the tale of an America prepared for full blown marijuana legalization: 75 percent stated that despite their personal views, legal weed in the United States was inevitable.

So, how long will it take for the federal government to embrace the voice of the American people and reveal a new drug policy model? Some lawmakers speculate that marijuana will be legalized on a federal level within the next decade; others argue it could be as soon as the next five years. So far, it appears the entire country, especially its leaders, are staring off into the west to see how the “Great Marijuana Experiment” transpires in Colorado and Washington before making any drastic decisions.

The outcome of legalization in these states, however, is expected to work out famously, which has drug advocates looking for politicians to someday soon begin raising the white flag.

Should the federal government reschedule cannabis this year? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Angie Jones

    May 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Repeal marijuana laws completely. No restrictions, people want to grow this medicinal plant, cook with it just like any herb. People will buy it as well like any other plants, food, tobacco or wine. People can make homemade beer or wine we want to make salads,smoothies, etc. people deserve to use this plant. We do not beleive it is a drug. We do not want tax dollars spent on enforcing failed attempt at keeping this benign plant from children as it’s always been easy for them to acquire and always will be. We beleive marijuana /cannabis is much better than synthetic chemicals to get a a relaxed buzz , glue or alcohol or prescription drugs. Give youths a safer alternative by removing all laws and restrictions. Release drug offenders that were non-violent from prison. We expect no fines for Cannabis use unless any impairment brings about harm to others like alcohol or violence which I beleive will be rare. If prices are as high as they are now there will still be black market so prices must be low. Growing by the public nobody will make money selling for profit except those that do not want to grow their own for themselves. We don’t want to be told how many plants we can grow. Plants die, one cannot grow in winter so we need as much as we need to go till the next years harvest. There will still be plenty of money made to go round and jobs created but don’t take our rights and give the rights to businesses only. There are bakeries in business yet you don’t outlaw homemade cakes!

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