Since 1979, Americans have been polled nearly every year on their feelings toward marijuana. In the last several years as legalization has taken effect in more and more states, the polls are showing for the first time that majority of Americans believe that marijuana SHOULD be legal and that cannabis is LESS harmful than alcohol. While some believe marijuana isn't exactly harmless, new studies show that marijuana is the least harmful of the most commonly used recreational drugs.
Earlier this year, General Social Survey, widely regarded as the most authoritative source when it comes to researching public opinion, found 52 percent of Americans in support of legalization.
While not harmless, marijuana is dramatically less dangerous than other recreational drugs and may be, in fact, the least dangerous among the most commonly used recreational drugs, according to a study published this year in Scientific Reports.