Marijuana is becoming increasingly more acceptable in the United States, with the majority of Americans willing to allow a legal pot commerce to operate in their hometown. However, the catch is -- they are not sure about weed being sold in their backyard.
According to a recent CNBC All-America Survey, 56 percent of the great American populous say they are fine with marijuana businesses operating in their cities or towns once the state makes it legal. Yet, the closer legal weed moves into their immediate community, the support diminishes: only 48 percent say they would be all right with marijuana being peddled “in or near your neighborhood.”
The nationwide survey indicates that the American people’s stance on legalized marijuana continues to soften, revealing that most citizens would not be upset if a legal pot shop operated in their hometown similar to their neighborhood liquor store. Not surprisingly, the CNBC poll reveals less support in the South, but even still, the issue was met with a 50 percent approval rating. And apparently, the West is the best, with sixty-six percent of the folks out there tendering their support for retail weed in their neck of the woods.
Interestingly, Americans are still not entirely sure about the growth potential of the marijuana industry. Only 34 percent of those polled said they would invest their hard earned money in companies that cultivate and sell pot. And when it comes to the great American workforce, only 28 percent said they would consider seeking out gainful employment in the marijuana trade.
Overall, the poll shows exactly what most pot proponents have known for sometime: the majority of the opposition is age 65-years and older, with the majority of supporters being Democrats and independents between the ages of 18 and 34.
Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.