Americans now think cannabis is much less harmful than alcohol, tobacco or electronic cigarettes, according to new polling results from POLITICO and Harvard’s T.H.
Only 1 in 5 Americans think cannabis is very harmful to people who use it. Twice as many people said the same about alcohol, while ,52% said electronic cigarettes are very harmful and 80% said tobacco cigarettes are very harmful.
10 years ago, we were putting people in jail for cannabis. Said Robert Blendon, Harvard professor of health policy and political analysis who surveyed 1,007 Americans. ” but , now people don’t see this as very dangerous.
Cannabis legalization has spread rapidly across the country since Colorado and Washington adopted electoral referendums in 2012 allowing use by adults.
There are now 33 states that have legalized medical or recreational use. However, the federal government still classifies cannabis as a drug with high abuse potential and no medical use.
While 67% of Democrats and 69% of Independents support federal legalization of cannabis, only 45% of Republicans are on board.
This translates into 62 percent of Americans supporting federal legalization, a huge jump from the 44 percent of Americans who thought legalization was a good idea in 2009, according to Blendon.
But as far as the CBD is concerned, there is no partisan division. According to the Harvard poll, 13 percent of Republicans and Democrats said they use CBD products. Also, 83% of Democrats and 73% of Republicans think it should be sold in pharmacies like CVS or Walgreens.
The real CBD divide is generational: 21% of adults under 30 use it, compared to 11% of adults over 65.