Pot Politics on Capitol Hill: Proponents Aim to Shift Industry's Image

Supporters Step up Lobbying Efforts, Tout Economic Benefits of Legalizing Marijuana
ABC News (US)
Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Supporters of decriminalizing marijuana are hoping to build momentum on Capitol Hill after a historic election that saw the politics of pot take center stage in four states. Forty-six percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, a new high, according to a survey conducted by Gallup in October. The trend has shifted upward in recent decades while opposition to such a move has declined. For medical marijuana use, the support is even higher. Seventy percent of Americans said they favored making marijuana for medicinal purposes legally available.