March 14, 2014
Marijuana Is Less Harmful Than Sugar, According To American News Poll
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
The news agencies surveyed 1,000 adults about topics ranging from politics to health and found that the tide is turning on how Americans view marijuana.
In January, Colorado became the first state to open up recreational marijuana stores after a 2012 vote to legalize the substance. Washington voters also decided they would like to make marijuana legal to use, but its system is having to take more time to put its laws into place.
While these two states are the only ones to have legalized cannabis, others have either already approved medical marijuana use, or have at least added it to an upcoming ballot.
Now, the news survey shows just how accepting Americans have become of marijuana. The poll asked participants: “Which of the following substances would you say is the MOST harmful to a person’s overall health: Tobacco, Alcohol, Sugar, Marijuana, All, None are harmful and not sure.”
According to the survey, 49 percent of the respondents believe tobacco was the most harmful, 15 percent saw sugar as the killer and only eight percent of the participants believed marijuana to be the most harmful.
Although the poll features how Americans perceive sugar versus marijuana, it also shows that supporting a congress candidate attempting to legalize pot isn’t the popular opinion. When asking respondents whether or not they would be more or less likely to vote for a congress candidate who supports legalizing the purchase of marijuana for personal use, 31 percent said they were more likely while 41 percent said they were less likely. Twenty-seven percent of the respondents said there was no difference either way, while only one percent said they were unsure.
The survey also revealed just how hot of a topic marijuana has been for media coverage. When asked whether or not they have heard about a particular topic being covered by news agencies, Colorado and Washington legalizing pot was more known than: Russia sending military troops into Ukraine; State and federal courts overturning bans on same-sex marriages; and the implementation of the 2010 health care law.