More Americans than ever — including, for the first time, a majority of Republicans — say marijuana should be legalized for recreational use.
A Gallup Poll released Oct. 25 shows 64 percent of Americans favor such a move. Similar public support was expressed in an unscientific poll conducted by the Minnesota House of Representatives at the 2017 State Fair — representing a sea change in opinion from the last time the question was posed two years earlier.
Even on the Leader’s online poll this past week, 60 percent of respondents favored legalization in Minnesota.
The two of us who write these editorials are scratching our heads. Did we miss something?
While eight states have made pot legal during the past six years, we’re confused as to how Americans’ position on this issue has evolved. To us, marijuana is a drug that shouldn’t be legalized for anything other than medical use.
Are we the only ones out of step with the mainstream? For the answer, we visited with Carmen Morrow, Hutchinson Public Schools’ chemical health intervention specialist.
Ms. Morrow is also dead-set against legalization. In fact, the prospect of Minnesota joining those eight other states frightens her.
“It does scare me that we’ll have another (legal) drug available for us to use for any quick fix or simply to escape,” she said.
Ms. Morrow’s opinions on the issue have evolved, too, but not the same as most Americans.
“I initially thought (legalization) would be a good thing,” she said. “We could control it. But now I changed my mind.”
Government control of growth and sales apparently is one big reason why most Americans support legalization. If we control sales, minors