Legal News

Three-Fourths of Americans Say Legalization of Marijuana Will Happen
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Americans are saying that the legalization of marijuana is inevitable across the United States, even if they support the policies or not. According to an opinion poll, there’s a different attitude following the drug war era and tough-on-crime legislation. The survey given by the Pew Research Center showed an increase on support for ending mandatory minimum prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders.

The public debate has lawmakers looking for policy changes. California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and at least 19 more states have followed suit. Many legislatures are considering legalization measures this year.

  
What
Where


In the meantime, political leaders and critics, liberal and conservative have demanded an end to harsh drug sentences, saying mandatory minimums have contributed to prison overcrowding, civil rights violations and strained budgets. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been shoving Congress to reexamine drug sentencing policies.

Four years ago, the survey found that, 52 percent of respondents said they thought the use of marijuana should not be legal, 41 percent said it should be. It marked a turning point in a hole that’s been closing fairly steadily since 1969.

“Pot just doesn’t seem as bad,” said Gregory Carlson, a 52-year-old landscaper from Denver who did not participate in the Pew survey. “You don’t see anything about someone smoking a joint and then driving the wrong way into a school bus.” He laughed and said “They just drive slower.”

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




In 2001, the survey was divided on whether it was good or bad for states to move away from mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders. The poll also showed how people tend to stay away from such policies by a 2-to-1 margin, or 63 percent to 32 percent. Respondents said by a margin greater than 3-to-1 that people who use small amounts of pot shouldn’t go to jail.

“Even people who don’t favor the legalization of marijuana think the possession of small amounts shouldn’t results in jail time,” said Carroll Doherty, Pew’s Director of Political Research. A generation ago, the nation thought differently.



In 1986, Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act to set mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes that may end up in life sentences for repeat offenders. Some years later, many states announced prisons filled to the max, prompting public officials to start withdrawing “lock’em up” drug policies in the 1990s. The idea has started a snowball effect.

image credit: weedlist.com



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Litigation/Law and Motion Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills office of our client seeks litigation/law and motion associate attorney with preferab...

Apply Now

Commercial Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Redwood City

Redwood City office of our client seeks commercial litigation associate attorney with 3-5 years of e...

Apply Now

Immigration Law Associate Attorney

USA-OH-Columbus

Columbus office of our client seeks immigration law associate attorney with 3+ years of experience. ...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Litigation Associate

USA-TX-Dallas

We are looking for a mid-level litigation associate to join our commercial litigation boutique. T...

Apply now

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

USA-NC-New Bern

General SUMRELL SUGG, PA, a law firm established in 1949 with offices in New Bern and Kins...

Apply now

In-House Counsel

USA-FL-Orlando

Job Summary: The In-House Counsel will work closely with Falcon’s Executives and will serve...

Apply now

Personal Injury Paralegal

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Prominent and growing law firm in West Los Angeles is seeking a full-time, experienced paralegal wit...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top