Happy 4/20: Support For Weed Legalization Reaches All-Time High

About two-thirds, of 65 percent, of respondents further said they believe marijuana is less risky than most other drugs and 53 percent said they believe alcohol is more harmful to a person's health than pot.

The belief that pot should be legal has reached a new high in CBS News polls.

A new study on marijuana use and attitudes toward legalization was released earlier this week - just in time for 4/20.

Most Americans view marijuana in particular as safer than alcohol.

The department did not say how much the proposed tracking system would cost - only that it intends to offset such costs through licensing and other fees.

The annual April 20 cannabis culture celebrations have grown in significance this year with Ottawa's Cannabis Act, highlighting a path to legalize recreational marijuana use by Canada Day next year, with distribution and sale laws varying from province to province. Whether or not this swing in public opinion will be enough to deter his efforts remains to be seen, but, if current trends hold, public support of legal marijuana will only continue to grow.

Politically, opposition for federal interference with marijuana legalization spans the divide, with all groups showing support for states' rights: Republicans at 63 per cent, 76 per cent of Democrats and 72 per cent of Independents.

West Virginia became the 30th state to legalize medical marijuana yesterday. Over three quarters of those 18 to 34 favor legalization, while around 60% of those 35 to 64 do.

More than nine in 10 Democrats, or 92 percent, said they support medical marijuana, as did as respective 87 percent of Republicans and independents, the poll found.

The percentage of Americans who say they have personally tried marijuana has risen over the past twenty years.

CT legislators considered a bill to legalize recreational use of marijuana this session, but it never made it to a full vote. Most Americans under 65 say they have tried it, while just a quarter of seniors 65 and older have.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,062 US voters from April 12 - 18, and found a margin of error of 3%.

Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish using live interviewers.

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