America’s new drug policy landscape

Two-thirds favor treatment, not jail, for use of heroin, cocaine
Pew Research Center (US)
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

us-opinion-marijuana-pew2014Public opinion in the US appears ready for a truce in the war on drugs. A national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that support for the legalization of marijuana use continues to increase. Fully 75% of the public think that the sale and use of marijuana will eventually be legal nationwide. Just as most Americans prefer a less punitive approach to the use of drugs such as heroin and cocaine, an even larger majority (76%) think that people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana should not have to serve time in jail.