While we’re still in the process of legalizing smoking marijuana, you might care to know nearly two-thirds of Americans say smoking marijuana is “morally acceptable,” but 31 per cent disapprove of pot on moral grounds, according to a Gallup survey . That’s a sharp jump from 2013, when another survey found that slightly fewer than half of Americans said it was morally acceptable to smoke marijuana. The shift in moral acceptance of marijuana mirrors the shift in support for legalization over that time period, which rose from almost half (48%) at the end of 2012 to almost two-thirds (64%) last fall, according to Gallup. While even Democratic politicians have been slow to embrace the issue, a bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this year (by Dem. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer) that would decriminalize marijuana use at the federal level. Next on the agenda… November, voters in Michigan will decide whether to legalize the drug and in Utah and Missouri to consider medical marijuana measures.
(Source: Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, Toronto Star; Image: Washington Post)