Public opinion is lining up behind cannabis, according to a new poll of 1,007 people by POLITICO and Harvard University. Only 20 percent of U.S. residents told researchers that they believe marijuana is very harmful to users. Perhaps even more surprising, half of respondents said alcohol is “very harmful,” a full 52 percent said the same of e-cigs, and 80 percent gave analog cigarettes the “very harmful” classification.
“Ten years ago, we were jailing people for marijuana,” said Robert Blendon, a Harvard professor who administered the poll. “Now people see this as not essentially very harmful.”
The poll was conducted in early October by the website POLITICO and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. POLITICO concluded that the study’s timeline suggests the recent wave of vaping-related lung injuries has not hurt cannabis’ reputation significantly.
Despite the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 80 percent of the vaping products had been used by lung injury victims, political response has largely been focused on e-cigarettes, and more specifically the flavored products that many say are contributing to the skyrocketing rates of teen vape use.
Changing Views Of Cannabis
Perhaps this trend of more amenable views