A new high: Poll finds record support for pot legalization

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Pot shops for recreational marijuana have been open for business in Colorado and Washington since 2014, and in OR since 2015. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ― who has stated his personal opposition to weed ― has anxious some marijuana advocates with ominous comments about the supposed dangers of loosening restrictions on the nation's favorite illicit substance.

Most Americans believe marijuana use should be legal, according to a new survey.

The US's growing approval of marijuana could reflect a jump in the amount of Americans who say they've actually tried smoking, vaporizing, or eating marijuana. This figure is reportedly independent of political affiliation, as opposition to federal meddling comes from most Republicans, Democrats, and independents.

Eight states, along with the District of Columbia, allow marijuana for recreational purposes.

Increasingly, politicians and society at-large are becoming more open to the idea that the federal government could and should begin to treat cannabis similar to how it now treats alcohol - by upholding age limits and no longer prohibiting the use across the board.

The growing acceptance of legal marijuana comes as states continue to challenge the federal government's insistence that marijuana is a risky drug with no therapeutic value and a high potential for abuse.

IL lawmakers heard from a Colorado administrator Wednesday about the benefits and pitfalls of legalizing recreational marijuana. And women are now as much in favor of legal marijuana as men; in previous years they were less so. Recreational marijuana was legalized a year ago in Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the drug is only "slightly less awful" than heroin. Sessions finds it particularly necessary to focus on marijuana usage, which is legal in one form or another in dozens of states and legal recreationally in an increasing number, while becoming beloved by moms, arthritic mutants and Olympic champions nationwide.

Supporters of legalizing marijuana in IL addressed a panel of legislators in Chicago Wednesday and brought in a ringer: the chief tax collector in Colorado, who explained how legal weed is helping fund essential state programs.

The group responsible for safety in the oil-and-gas industry is reiterating its concerns about the impact of legal marijuana in Canada.

A recently released Quinnipiac University poll shows support for the legalization of marijuana is at an all-time high.

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