Illinois lawmakers ponder proposal to legalize marijuana


Support for marijuana legalisation has increased steadily since 2013, crossing to majority support in 2014.

Support was highest among Democrats and independents, with a respective 68 and 64 percent saying they backed legalizing the drug, according to poll results. According to CBS, "women are now as much in favor of legal marijuana as men are; in previous years they were less so".

Among those who think marijuana should be illegal, only half think the federal government should be involved with the states.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws, even in those states where it is legal.

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The poll also shows 71 percent of Americans do not think the federal government should try to stop its sale and use in those states. They also believe marijuana is less unsafe than other substances: 76 percent consider it less risky than tobacco, 70 percent less risky than alcohol, and 67 percent less risky than opiates.

"Our survey found that most cannabis users feel that if alcohol and tobacco can be effectively regulated on a national level, then marijuana should be included among that list as well", Jan Verleur, CEO and co-founder of VMR, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. As such, 53 percent of people in the CBS poll think alcohol is more harmful than marijuana.

The majority of Democrats and Independents believe marijuana should be legal, while Republicans are divided.

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Most Americans are not especially anxious about marijuana use among the nation's youth.

The head of Colorado's Department of Revenue has spoken to IL legislators considering a proposal to legalize marijuana in the state.

Which means, really, the only thing needed to trigger bipartisan support for legalization is one absent-minded pro-legalization presidential comment during a "Fox & Friends" interview.

While the beginnings of this high holiday are a bit, ahem, smoky, there are no shortages of 4/20 events taking place across the country - both legally and illegally, we're sure - but especially in states like Colorado, where recreational marijuana is legal. And of those who have tried weed, 44 percent now use it.

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Support for legalization has risen among all age groups - particularly those under 55.