New High of 46% of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

October 28, 2010

Gallup finds that nationally, a new high of 46% of Americans are in favor of legalizing use of the drug, and a new low of 50% are opposed. The increase in support this year from 44% in 2009 is not statistically significant, but is a continuation of the upward trend seen since 2000.

Should the U.S. decriminalize marijuana?

April 26, 2009
Ethan Nadelmann and Bill Piper
The Washington Times

Marijuana prohibition is unique among American criminal laws. No other law is both enforced so widely and harshly and yet deemed unnecessary by such a substantial portion of the populace. Hundreds of thousands of Americans a year are arrested for marijuana. Doors are kicked in. Children are put into foster care. Cars, houses and bank accounts are seized without trial. Yet it's hard to find a presidential candidate or Supreme Court justice who hasn't smoked marijuana. Reform will happen.

Cash Crop? Legalizing and taxing marijuana would benefit society

January 10, 2010
Stephen Gutwillig and Mary Moreno Richardson
San Diego Union Tribune

The state Board of Equalization estimates that taxing adult marijuana consumption like alcohol would generate $1.4 billion in new revenue for the state. While that’s only a modest contribution toward our fiscal woes, it’s one more incentive to end decades of failed marijuana prohibition. In fact, the financial and human price that we currently pay for criminalizing pot is far too high.

What the stats on teens and marijuana don't show

December 20, 2010
Bill Piper
Los Angeles Times

The fact that more high school students now smoke pot than cigarettes says more about our successful tobacco policy than the consequences of medical marijuana.

An End to Marijuana Prohibition

July 12, 2004
Ethan Nadelmann
National Review

Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance, explains who stands to gain from keeping marijuana illegal and what is necessary to move toward a sensible direction of decriminalization or perhaps legalization.

How marijuana became legal

September 18, 2009
Roger Parloff

The acceptance of medical marijuana has implications that extend far beyond helping those suffering from life-threatening diseases. It is one of several factors -- including demographic changes, the financial crisis, and the widely perceived failure of the war on drugs -- reopening the country's 40-year-old on-again, off-again shouting match over whether marijuana should be legalized.

Sooner or later, marijuana will be legal

September 28, 2010
Bill Piper

Bill Piper provides his opinions on the war on drugs and the inevitability of marijuana legalization.

Supervised Drug Injection Sites? New Research in Canada Shows They Reduce HIV, Overdose Deaths, and Even Help Encourage Addicts into Treatment

May 31, 2007
Tony Newman, Drug Policy Alliance
Huffington Post

What should be done about the millions of people in the United States and around the world who inject heroin and other drugs? For 30-plus years, the U.S. has pushed a "war on drugs" that is more accurately a war on drug users. This war on drugs has not delivered on its promise to keep drugs off our streets or to prevent people from using, but it has filled our prisons beyond capacity and led to far too many cases of HIV/AIDS related to sharing contaminated needles.

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