Legalize pot, but not for teens, many US adults say

Legalize pot, but not for teens, many U.S. adults say
Survey finds support for age restrictions.

(HealthDay)—Most American adults who support marijuana legalization oppose legal marijuana use among children and teens, according to a new survey.

While 40 percent of adults are in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, a majority of them believe it should only be legal for adults over age 21, according to the survey results released Tuesday by the Partnership at

"The reality is that marijuana is now legalized for recreational use in the states of Colorado and Washington and it's clear that society's views on marijuana are evolving dramatically," Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership at, said in a news release from the group.

Support among adults for medical use, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana was 70 percent, 50 percent and 40 percent, respectively, and only slightly lower among .

Support for each of these actions increased between 3 percent and 11 percent when the participants were given specific definitions for medicalization, decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, the investigators noted.

The of about 1,600 was conducted in early March. Of the survey participants, 1,200 were parents of children aged 10 to 19. Of these parents, 200 live in Colorado and 200 live in Washington State, where marijuana was legalized last November.

Among the other findings:

  • About half of all parents in the survey said they had used marijuana. The number is somewhat higher (62 percent) for parents living in Colorado.
  • Increasing tolerance does not mean support for an easy-going attitude toward marijuana, even in Colorado and Washington. Ninety percent of parents in those states believe that "marijuana should be sold only through licensed growers/sellers and not in places like , or newsstands."
  • Similar percentages of parents agree that marijuana use should be prohibited in public places where is now banned: 92 percent of Colorado parents and 96 percent of Washington State parents.
  • A majority of parents in the believe it should be illegal to provide marijuana to underage children at home (90 percent of Colorado parents and 91 percent of Washington State parents agree).
  • More than 80 percent of parents (87 percent of Colorado parents) believe "marijuana advertising should still be banned."

"This new research provides richer insight into what today's parents believe about marijuana, their thoughts on legalization and the risks it may pose to adolescents," Pasierb said.

"The data bring to life the fact that parents—including the large number who favor legalization—have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens," he said. "Those expectations far exceed how legal marijuana is being implemented. So the fact remains, whether is legal or not, much more needs to be done to protect the health of our children."

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Jul 16, 2013
This survey is complete bullcrap. Even though to the naive reader of this article it may seem to be honest about marijuana. It is based upon a prohibitionist organizations' survey, partnership at

The main goal of this propaganda article is to distort the truth about how many people actually support marijuana legalization (They say a mere 40 percent ) and then to subtly switch the readers concern to " thoughts on legalization and the risks it may pose to adolescents".


The latest Rasmussen Polls (which were conducted months ago) showed A Solid Majority of Voters (56 Percent) Nationwide Favor Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated.

Most also don't believe it should be a crime for people to consume marijuana in the privacy of their own homes.

Our numbers grow on a daily basis.

Jul 16, 2013
"Our numbers grow on a daily basis."


Jul 17, 2013
"Protecting our children" is a well that will never run dry.

Jul 20, 2013
I was recently talking to a co-worker about prohibition. He is kind of uptight and said he would never support ending prohibition because he "doesn't want cocaine and coke addicts around."

I blew his mind by telling him that cocaine is all the fuck around him everywhere, despite it being incredibly illegal, and that tons of people in our city are addicted to it. I asked him why, on top of the already mouting social, health, financial, familial, and mental problems many addicts already face that they should have to deal with an insanely draconian legal system and lengthy prison sentences. I asked him what law could possibly make it so he doesn't have to be near cocaine, when even in countries that put people to death for narcotics there are tons of drugs. He couldn't give even a slightly cogent answer, but I didn't expect one because it doesn't exist.

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