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Monday Sep 22

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Galluping Toward Legalized Marijuana

Sunday, 21 September 2014 23:25

American attitudes about legalizing marijuana are relaxing. Why, and what does it mean? 

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As Americans relax their attitudes about the issue of legalizing marijuana—a latest national poll indicates that 44 percent favor decriminalization, demonstrating a growing trend—demodirt.com welcomes the expert perspective of Chicago-based attorney James E. Gierach, a former Cook County, IL prosecutor and board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Consisting of more than 12,000 police officers, prosecutors, judges, FBI, DEA agents, among others, LEAP  seeks to change the discourse on drug policy issues to include the concept of legalization. The following is Gierach's response to the Gallup findings, in his own words.

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Reefer Gladness

Sunday, 21 September 2014 23:25

Middle class, white collar types are smoking pot to relax.

 

Many middle class, white collar individuals use marijuana to unwind during their free time, say researchers from the University of Alberta, Canada. The U of A study, which examined the leisure habits of 41 Canadians surveyed in 2005-06, says that there is no “typical” marijuana user, and that people of various ages engage in smoking while enjoying other leisure activities such as painting, writing, playing sports, watching television and even having sex.

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