It is no secret that the public’s perception of marijuana has changed substantially over the last 20 years. Here in the U.S., the majority of states now allow medical cannabis due mainly to public pressure put on state lawmakers. Eighteen of those states also allow recreational marijuana. Now, a new survey suggests that people believe marijuana is less addictive than other substances.
The survey was conducted by the American Psychiatric Association and Morning Consult. It polled more than 2,200 adults about their thoughts on addiction and substance abuse. As it turns out, the majority of survey respondents believe that marijuana is safer and less addictive than tobacco, nicotine, alcohol, opioids and, believe it or not, technology.
What We Believe, By the Numbers
Americans used to be deathly afraid of marijuana. Thanks to organized efforts to demonize the plant, it was added to the federal government’s Schedule I list of controlled … Read the rest