Poll Shows Americans Think Marijuana Is Less Dangerous Than Sugar
According to a recent poll, Americans view marijuana as less dangerous to their health than sugar. In fact, they also believe the plant we all love so well is less dangerous than tobacco and alcohol too.
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The poll was released on Friday by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal. According to the results of the poll, 60% of Americans polled said they favored marijuana legalization. This is a 5% increase from 2014 when Americans were asked the same question. However, the biggest change has been in what substances Americans believe are harmful to their health and which substances are inherently dangerous.
Participants were asked which substances they felt were most dangerous out of tobacco, alcohol, sugar, and cannabis. 41% said tobacco was the most dangerous, 24% said alcohol and a staggering 21% believed sugar to be the most harmful to health.
In a surprising turn of events, only 9% of those involved in the poll believed cannabis to be the most harmful substance on the list.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen support for cannabis skyrocket. For the first time last year, a majority of Republicans supported cannabis legalization and an increasing number of states are implementing medical and recreational marijuana programs within their jurisdictions.
Science is catching up with what most cannabis advocates already know and is exposing the numerous medical benefits of cannabis use.
An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol abuse each year and a disproportionate number of Americans are obese or at risk of obesity. Despite false education and scare tactics, people are starting to realize that marijuana is not something they have to fear. Mainstream notions of what is healthy and what is not are starting to be challenged and Americans are becoming more invested in their collective health. Kale, move over, there’s a new plant in town.