43% Say Marijuana Should Be Legalized, 42% Disagree

Americans are evenly divided over whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States, but most expect it to happen within the next decade.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults nationally shows 43% believe marijuana should be legalized. But 42% think it should remain an illegal drug. Another 15% are not sure.

These results show a slight shift toward legalization fromFebruary of last year.

However, 65% believe it is at least somewhat likely marijuana will be legalized in the United States in the next 10 years. Just 28% do not expect this to happen. Those numbers include 29% who say it is Very Likely pot will be legal in the next 10 years and five percent (5%) who say it is Not At All Likely.

In the latest survey, voters were simply asked whether or not they believed marijuana should be legalized. Voters were more divided on this question than they were in May of last year, when asked whether the drug should be legalized and taxed. At that time, 41% favored the idea of legalizing and taxing marijuana, while 49% were opposed.

Several cash-strapped states have been considering legalizing and taxing the drug in order to generate more revenue. In both Colorado and California, 49% of voters support legalizing and taxing the drug.

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The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 21-22, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Americans are much more supportive of adults being allowed to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a physician. Seventy-five percent (75%) support medicinal marijuana use, while only 14% say patients should not be allowed to smoke doctor-prescribed pot. Support for medical marijuana is even higher than it was in October, when 63% said it should be allowed.

Forty percent (40%) of Adults admit to smoking marijuana at some time in their lives, but 55% say they have never tried it. Only 11% say they have smoked pot in the last year, while 86% say they haven’t.

Men are more supportive than women of legalizing marijuana. Most (61%) of those who have smoked marijuana at least once in their lives support legalizing it.

While half of Democrats (51%) support legalizing marijuana, 62% of Republicans are opposed. Voters not affiliated with either major political party lean toward legalization by a 48% to 35% margin.

Polling last year found that 54% of voters think illegal drug use is primarily a criminal justice issue rather than a matter of public health.

Last April, 30% said U.S. drug users were more to blame than Mexican drug producers for the escalating violence along the countries’ border. But  56% said the drug producers were more to blame.

– Article from Rasmussen Reports.



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  2. Anonymous on

    Im all for legalizing marijuana and taxing it, but should they decide to tax it, it would be outrageous to say its illegal to grow, even a limit on growing.

    Marijuana is a natural plant and no one should have the right to control it in the first place

    also, taxing aint that bad, im sure it wont be expensive i hope to legalize marijuana and grow in my home. i love the smell of marijuana too so i will hope to grow as part of my garden, which i dont garden, so it will HOPEFULLY BE GRASS….or it will be grass, dirt, weeds….and weed..s

  3. Anonymous on

    Ramussen is notorious for phrasing questions misleadingly for the sake of promoting immoral Conservative US culture & unethical economic-Darwinism.

    Cannabis should be made legal for adult purchase in a regulated marketplace (preferably in a democractic-socialist marketplace, but cannabis sales & market trades of it might work for some time in the US unless we’re allowed to start trading speculative ‘prospective crop’ stocks which don’t account for shortfalls & end up taking the economy further down & getting tax-funded bailouts as ransoms because the cannabis-brokerage firms are ‘too big to fail’.)

  4. Anonymous on

    It’s all a scam. Most people in the US support legal weed.

    Rasmussen Polls cannot be trusted anymore that the Republicans or Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives or NDP.

    blah blah blah 42%, 49%, blah blah blah….

    Here is some good Stanhope


  5. Anonymous on

    Chinese infestation of the world is why Rice is the #1 crop of mankind!

  6. MOTFA on

    Educating children to young adults about mj all over the usa and canada would make those percentage points quite a bit higher.

    Over 50 years of propaganda against this substance has caused most of the debates that happen here on this site every day.

    The ignorant vs. the informed.

  7. Anonymous on

    Delusional is more like it. Or Fetal alcohol syndrome.

  8. Anonymous on

    “Cannabis has never been illegal”????…..Fuck, you are stupid.

  9. Anonymous on

    …..http://www.ffhboo.com/hemp.html……Hemp seeds have been used by people for thousands of years. Hemp seeds have more protein than soy beans and are sold in health food stores (with husk removed) as a perfect food for man . Hemp stalks and sticks have been used for thousands of years by man for paper and clothing…..Only when the hemp plant flowers, is when marijuana is born. The buds and flowers are used for medicine, pain relief, and just plain relaxing……So, Hemp and marijuana are from the exact same plant. So, If you dont want marijuana , just harvest the plant before it flowers…….We use the entire plant, that is why it has always been the number one crop…..Hemp seeds are much more nutritious than Wheat, rice and corn. Wheat rice, and corn are not used for clothing, paper or medicine. There is rice paper, but it sucks compared to hemp paper.

  10. Anonymous on

    it was called Cannabis Hemp. Read “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” by Jack Herer and you might realize there’s more to the legalization of marijuana than just smoking the flowering tops of the female cannabis hemp plant.

    Also, if it’s been so strictly controlled for the past 73 years, why is it the number one cash crop it is today?

  11. Anonymous on

    Cannabis was never the number one crop for mankind.
    That honor goes to rice,
    followed by wheat and corn
    Marijuana might be the 100th or so most important crop
    food is much more important than dope
    Cannabis has never been illegal-
    it has been strictly controlled for 73 years
    its illegal to grow it without a permit
    claims that marijuana is the most important
    cash crop in the world
    is > grossly exagerated
    not everybody smokes pot
    but everybody eats
    you are “trying to persuade us with lies ” 🙂

  12. Anonymous on

    It takes time for people to learn the truth about marijuana. Of course there will always be the critics who want to control and persuade others with lies…..But the tide is changing slowly. It has only been illegal here for 73 years. The thousands of years before then, Marijuana was the number one crop for mankind. And only common sense will prevail again. This plant is far too useful to remain illegal.

  13. Anonymous on

    I thought an overwhelming majority of Americans wanted pot legalized.
    What happened here, it’s like one dot over the other side
    and a considerable chunk who aren;t sure..
    You are either for legal pot or you aren’t,,
    and totaled up most people are not pro pot

    what happened?? I keep hearing an overwhelming majority
    want pot legalized,were we lied to by NORML
    and other pot activist groups or
    are people actually abandoning the struggle?
    If people are abandoning the struggle, and governments
    are enacting oppressive legislation and not enlightening
    legislation , then thats pretty much that-
    the game will be lost,, its just a matter of time
    before the yes / no ratios slip even more and more people
    will against pot than for it.
    Two generations of dope activism burnt out like a birthday candle
    and the dark ages of pot hate return never to brighten again.

  14. Anonymous on

    We have learned much from other countries who decriminalized, taxed and regulated Cannabis, the information is overwhelming if you only look at how much medicinal value there is in Cannabis, finally if you are an individual who chooses not to use Cannabis, please remember that when you attack the freedom of others you also attack the freedoms of your grandchildren, the founders of this nation had to fight for every freedom they handed to us, why don’t we just keep big brother out of our issues.

  15. Anonymous on

    The other 15% not part of the survey are likely getting high right now! They don’t want to be part of the governments control, weed is one of the only thing the robots do not have control of, should it stay this way? Or should we bow and beg for marijuana for 10 yrs to a doctor after 1500’s toxic pills don’t work for our ailments. TOXIC WASTE BEFORE WEED BY ANY DOCTOR!!!!!!!! If you deny your pills you are considered a mental psychotic patient and will have a warrant out for you to be put in a padded room in a straight jacket…. 1500 different toxic chemicals before they fall to their knees and agree weed will do the trick. BOGUS Legalization too!!!!!!

  16. Anonymous on

    Anyone that is in prison for any non violent drug offense, particularly addicts who got busted with their stash should be released.
    Trillions of dollars wasted to incarcerate people who’s only violation of the law is being a prisoner of addiction, and being scape goated by the system.
    What about the thousands of people who have been killed as a result of the war on the innocent unarmed citizens, also known as “the war on drugs”.