Researchers at the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in NY state interviewed 1,122 adults between March 1 and March 7, weighting the responses to accurately reflect all Americans by age, gender, income, race and region.
Almost three in four respondents (72 percent) said they were not very likely or not likely at all to buy and use marijuana if the federal government legalized it.
Discovering that 76% of those surveyed believe that regular tobacco use is far riskier than regular marijuana use, the new poll examines the ever-changing dynamic between "Weed & The American Family".
According to a recent poll, most people in the United States (about 67 percent) think prescription opioids pose a greater risk than medical marijuana for pain relief.
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The Yahoo News/Marist Poll surveyed 1,122 Americans 18 and older about evolving social attitudes about marijuana use. Among the regular users, 51 percent are parents and 27 percent are parents of underage kids, or children below 18 years old.
Many Americans, though, do not think using marijuana to ease pregnancy symptoms is acceptable. Support for legalizing recreational marijuana is considerably less, at about 49 percent. Most current marijuana users (71%) and those who have tried the drug (60%) thought that the Trump administration should be more lenient than the Obama administration. More than seven in 10 adults who use marijuana say they've told their parents about their use.
A slim majority of Americans consider marijuana use to be a health risk. And the survey respondents were about evenly divided on whether marijuana should be recommended for children if it were legal. Half said that using the drug is a health risk and 69 percent said they don't think pregnant women should partake, but more than 70 percent also said they believe alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are more unsafe. Still, there is debate about whether or not medicinal marijuana should be prescribed to children, if it were legal. Nearly half (47 percent) of parents with adult children said they have used marijuana in front of their grown children or shared their stash with their kids.
"When asked to think, as a parent, about why parents don't speak to their children about marijuana, the most cited reason by Americans is not knowing what to say, 36%". Twenty percent of users said they'd used marijuana before a funeral.