Natural Society – Elizabeth Renter: Poll: 26% of Americans Would Buy Legal Marijuana

marijuana plant leaf 263x164 Poll: 26% of Americans Would Buy Legal Marijuana

By Elizabeth Renter, Natural Society,

If marijuana were legal, there is a good chance you or someone you know would  purchase it. According to a new poll from the Huffington  Post and YouGov, about 26% of Americans would purchase marijuana on at least “rare occasions” if it were legal, a sign that the potential  for a huge consumer base recognizes the less-risky entertainment values if not  the healing benefits of cannabis.

Nine percent of respondents said they would buy it on rare occasions now,  while it’s illegal in most places. The percentage who said they would buy pot  often if it were legalized grew from 1% to 4%. Purchasing aside, one debate on the Economist shows  that a whopping 92% of people support  the motion of legalizing marijuana in the U.S. and around the  world.

Marijuana as a recreational drug is less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.  It also doesn’t lead to physical addiction like these two perfectly legal  substances. In addition, marijuana offers benefits that these toxins simply  can’t match. As this poll shows, Americans may be warming to the idea of readily available marijuana, of toking up with a few friends on the weekend rather than  slamming back a six-pack.

Eighteen percent of those who responded to the poll said they would buy  marijuana more often than they do now should it be legalized. Not surprisingly,  those under the age of 30 were most likely to say they would buy it if it were  legal, at 35%. Sixteen percent of those young adults are already buying it,  according to the poll.

Though despite these numbers, Americans still prefer alcohol. According to  AlterNet, the same poll  asked those who have purchased both marijuana and alcohol in the past how  legalization may affect their purchasing habits. Forty-three percent said if  marijuana was legal they would still buy alcohol more often. But 23% said they  would buy alcohol less often if buying legal pot was an option.

Attitudes about marijuana are changing and so far, the laws are following  suit with recreational pot legal in two states so far and more likely in coming  years. (Washington and Colorado are the two states that have legalized  marijuana for recreational use). For many, marijuana offers an alternative  to alcohol or a way to unwind without the dangers. For others, however, marijuana is a healing plant, not just a party in a bag.

Studies have linked marijuana use to everything from weight loss, to treating  depression, battling cancer, and resolving “untreatable”  seizure disorders. The plant is nothing short of miraculous, but we likely  won’t know all of its potential until it is no longer a crime to possess it.

Poll Breakdown:

  • 26% would purchase marijuana at some point  if it were legal
  • 9% admitted to buying it on rare occasions right now
  • The percentage who said they would buy pot often if it were legalized grew  from 1% to 4%
  • 18% would buy it more often than they do now if marijuana were  legalized
  • Those 30 or younger are most likely to buy, at 35%. 16% of those are already  buying
  • 43% said they would still buy alcohol more often even if marijuana were  legal
  • 23% said they would buy alcohol less often

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