Americans Favor Legal Weed–and Second Chances


Nearly 70% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. About the same margin also support so-called “clean slate” legislation, an emerging judicial tool to that would automatically seal the records of people convicted of non-violent felonies or misdemeanors if they’ve proven they can stay crime-free, an especially important factor in making a tiny dent in countering the effects of the drug war that has imprisoned so many people for something we’re now acknowledging is not a crime.

A new poll of 1,000 registered voters by the Center for American Progress and research firm GBA Strategies surveyed registered voters about both questions because there’s an obvious connection: As more states legalize marijuana there are questions about how to address the penalties incurred by people formerly convicted of possession of the drug.

“Public opinion, which clearly this poll makes clear…

Read More: – Fast Company: Americans favor legal weed–and second chances

Author: Ben Paynter

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