NEW POLL: 74% of Americans Support Alternative Penalties for Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director April 26, 2012

    A new poll, published today by Angus Reid Public Opinion, looks at the changing attitudes towards marijuana possession penalties in the UK, Canada, and the United States. The poll surveyed 1,011 Americans, 2,015 Britons, and 1,005 Canadians during March of this year. The results show that an overwhelming majority of citizens in these countries no longer believe marijuana possession should result in jail time.

    From Angus Reid:

    Majorities of respondents in the three countries (Britain 56%, Canada 68%, United States 74%) welcome the concept of using alternative penalties—such as fines, probation or community service—rather than prison for non-violent offenders. At least seven-in-ten Britons (70%), Americans (74%) and Canadians (78%) believe personal marijuana use should be dealt with through alternative penalties. Support for similar guidelines for credit card fraud, drunk driving and arson is decidedly lower.

    View the full report here.

    42 responses to “NEW POLL: 74% of Americans Support Alternative Penalties for Marijuana”

    1. fishcreekbob says:

      Does’nt the science of cannabis beg to ask Whywon’t you stop these crime’s against humanity and treason against the Republic?

    2. Don M says:

      Statistics like these are sure to worry the private prison investors!

    3. Owen says:

      If they polled EVERYONE and EVERYONE wasn’t afraid to speak honestly (prohibition is a masterpiece in the art of brainwashing)the results would be 90% for full out legalization.

    4. Alex says:

      They didn’t even have an option to legalize? Talk about a propaganda poll, this is completely worthless.

    5. Sqwidman says:

      How about zero penalties because we are free individuals who have the right to consume what we wish. Those who perpetuate violence against possessors of flowers are truly evil (governments).

    6. Bradson says:

      I’m with you, Sqwidman. What are we being punished for? Preferring a non-toxic herb? Daring to disagree with official “studies” and thinking that cannabis is OK? Causing no harm? Personal enjoyment?

    7. Joe says:

      I agree with Sqwidman it’s bull that there are any penalties. Unfortunately, it will probably never become legal federally but we can at least hope and get some high quality regulated stuff for the medical patients who really need it. Even if it’s grown with 100% chemicals it’s better than the pill popping crap big pharma feeds 99% of the population.

    8. steve says:

      @owen: Not saying you’re wrong but where do you get you stats? (I am a supporter of MM)

    9. Jurrian DeCock says:

      Now, the weedpass is supposed to be implemented on 1 May in the south of The Netherlands. It is not popular, and its success remains to be seen. Modern societies have been moving in the direction of giving people more freedom. Once they have the freedom of unregistered cannabis use for adult recreational or medical purposes, it’s a genie that won’t go back into the bottle. It casts a shadow as to whether the control freaks want to roll back homosexual marriage, apartheid or civil rights, or you name it, whatever the mensch, the everyman & everywoman have made strides on.

      This report suggests to me that it is time for Great Britain and the other countries to legalize so that they stop outsourcing the supply to their citizens to Holland for the Brits and to neighboring provinces such as Limburg for others.

      It’s the perfect time for the U.S. to change it’s position and legalize. The greedy moneygrubbers on Wall Street or some other U.S. commodities stock exchange can reap the profits from worldwide cannabis traded in U.S. dollars. Their international security apparatus ought to be happy for the source of income to reconstitute Afghanistan and pay for NGOs throughout the trade areas. If more of the military and security costs can be borne by the host countries, there will be more actual currency units available to stimulate the U.S. economy, which key parts of the world depend on for consumption and infrastructure development.