Poll shows near even split among Americans asked if cannabis is good or bad for society

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Although just 16 per cent of respondents reported currently smoking cannabis, Gallup notes this is the highest percentage the company has ever recorded. The near fence-sitting when it comes to cannabis’ impact on society seems somewhat out of step with an earlier Gallup survey that showed 68 per cent of respondents believed cannabis should be legal. Compare that to never-users, 72 per cent of whom responded that cannabis has had a negative effect on society and 62 per cent who felt the same about the effect on users. The number of surveyed Americans who believe cannabis has had a negative effect on society just barely edges out those who think the impact has been positive, according to a new poll released this week by Gallup. The positive percentage increases somewhat when asked about the drug’s effect on people who use it.

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The number of surveyed Americans who believe cannabis has had a negative effect on society just barely edges out those who think the impact has been positive, according to a new poll released this week by Gallup.

Specifically, 50 per cent of the 1,013 U.S. adults interviewed over a three-week period this past July responded that weed’s effect on society is negative compared to 49 per cent who considered it positive. The margin of sampling error is plus/minus four percentage points, Gallup News Service reports.

The positive percentage increases somewhat when asked about...

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