A new poll shows that, even though overall thoughts on whether marijuana should be legalized are still divided, a lot of Americans want the federal government to stay out of state marijuana laws.
According to NBC News, 64 percent of adults responded “no” when they were asked if they think the federal government should enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where marijuana is legal.
Frank Newport of Gallup said:
“The significant majority of Americans would advise the federal government to focus on other issues.”
Washington and Colorado citizens, who last month voted to legalize marijuana possession, have been facing a confusing mix of federal and state laws when it comes to whether and where they can get high.
This is because the federal government still prohibits pot growing and possession. This has left many residents confused about what is legal.
Americans who personally believe that pot should be legalized say that the federal government should not get involved at the state level. In fact, even four out ten people who opposed to legalized marijuana think federal officials should butt out.
It is still unclear at this point whether the Justice Department will stop the decriminalization of pot in Washington and Colorado.
Marijuana will be heavily taxed and will potentially bring hundreds of millions of dollars per year into the economy for school, health care, and government needs.
Six out of ten Americans aged 18 to 29 support legalizing marijuana, while about as many of those 65 and older are opposed. A large amount of middle-aged Americans, between the ages of 30 and 64, are split on the issue of legalization.
The poll also noted that Democrats were most in favor of legalization, while Republicans are the ones who are mostly opposed to marijuana legalization.
According to the Marijuana Policy Project, Lawmakers in four New England states (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island) have announced that they plan to introduce proposals to legalize marijuana in the next year.