Marijuana legalization is inevitable in the United States. At least that appears to be the consensus of a recent public opinion poll, which finds that three-fourths of the American population feels confident that, regardless if they support it or not, marijuana will soon be legalized across the nation.
In addition, the latest Pew Research Center poll indicates increasing support for putting an end to mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders as well as for stripping away jail time penalties for those busted with small amounts of weed.
Interestingly, it appears as though the American people no longer fear the reefer. The survey finds that not only do more citizens support legalized marijuana than they did four years ago, but now, nearly 70 percent believe marijuana is safer than alcohol. In fact, a surprising 63 percent of respondents said booze is more detrimental to society than weed.
When it comes to dealing with coke fiends and heroin junkies, the nationwide survey found that 67 percent of the population believes Uncle Sam should seek out more treatment options for hardcore drug addicts rather than put them in prison. However, a large percentage of Americans have given up on drug users, with 26 percent supporting harsher penalties rather than therapy.
This latest survey emerges as some federal lawmakers work to reduce penalties for drug possession. Last month, US Attorney Eric Holder announced his support for reducing sentences for non-violent drug offenders. "Certain types of cases result in too many Americans going to prison for too long, and at times for no truly good public safety reason," Holder told the US Sentencing Commission.
Marijuana’s opposing forces say the latest survey suggests hypocritical support. Kevin Saber with Smart Approaches to Marijuana says that despite how much enthusiasm the American people pretend to show for legalizing pot, 63 percent of the population still remains leery about pot shops opening up in their community.
"Saying that we don't want people to serve prison time for marijuana is very different from saying I want a pot shop in my neighborhood selling cookies and candies and putting coupons in the paper," he said.
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.