How and why have attitudes about cannabis legalization changed so much?

  title={How and why have attitudes about cannabis legalization changed so much?},
  author={Jacob Felson and Amy Adamczyk and Christopher Thomas},
  journal={Social science research},

A Systematic Review of Trends in US Attitudes toward Cannabis Legalization

Abstract Introductions: In the United States (US), support for cannabis legalization has increased over time. This study examines historical changes in legalization attitudes and the period-specific

Legalize It, Criticize It, or Something Else? Americans’ Attitudes Toward Federal Recreational Marijuana Legislation (RML)

Recreational marijuana legislation (RML) has been enacted at the state-level but not federally. Given the link between public opinion and RML, we examine 2021 national poll ( N = 995) data that

Control of Recreational Cannabis in a New Zealand University Sample: Perceptions of Informal and Formal Controls

It is argued that policy must be informed by, and build on, these informal controls that control cannabis use, and that negative outcomes associated with heavy use deters the normalization of this behavior.

Impact of the legalisation of recreational cannabis use.

In recent years, there have been important legislative changes in many countries regarding the use of cannabis for medicinal and/or recreational purposes, which have facilitated access to it. 

Assessing the public health impacts of legalizing recreational cannabis use: the US experience

  • W. HallM. Lynskey
  • Medicine
    World psychiatry : official journal of the World Psychiatric Association
  • 2020
It appears to have increased the frequency of cannabis use among adults, but not so far among youth, and the impact of legalizing adult recreational use on cannabis price, availability, potency and use; and regulatory policies that may increase or limit adverse effects of legalization is reviewed.

The Consequences of Fickle Federal Policy: Administrative Hurdles for State Cannabis Policies

Under the Controlled Substances Act (1970), the federal government classifies cannabis as a Schedule I drug with high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Meanwhile, thirty-five states

The costs and benefits of cannabis control policies

  • W. Hall
  • Economics
    Dialogues in clinical neuroscience
  • 2020
This article summarizes what the authors know about the harmful effects of recreational cannabis use and the benefits of medical cannabis use under the policy of prohibition that prevailed in developed countries until 2012 and outlines three broad ways in which cannabis prohibition may be relaxed.

Social worlds and symbolic boundaries of cannabis users in Poland

Abstract Many legislations and cultures undergo liberalization regarding cannabis use, and users in Poland make constant references to, and are part of, a burgeoning global cannabis culture. Still



North Americans' Attitudes Toward Illegal Drugs

Public opinion polls conducted from 1969 to 2003 found a variety of opinions on the use, possession, and legalization of marijuana. Public opinion about legalizing marijuana use is increasing, but it

“Sending the Wrong Message”: Did Medical Marijuana Legalization in California Change Attitudes about and use of Marijuana?

It is found that although some marijuana-related attitudes changed between 1995 and 1999, use did not increase and these findings suggest that recent policy changes have had little impact onarijuana-related behavior.

Explaining why more americans have no religious preference: Political backlash and generational succession, 1987-2012

© 2014 Hout and Fischer. Twenty percent of American adults claimed no religious preference in 2012, compared to 7 percent twenty-five years earlier. Previous research identified a political backlash

Americans' Attitudes toward Drug-Related Issues from 1975–2006: The Roles of Period and Cohort Effects

The results suggest that a liberalization of attitudes, both over time and across cohorts, may be occurring, especially for the legalization of marijuana use.

Religion and Initiation into Marijuana Use: The Deterring Role of Religious Friends

Individual and friends' born-again identity appear to independently influence marijuana initiation, which is not significantly mediated by the proportion of in-school friends who have tried marijuana.

Attitudes towards drug legalization among drug users

The results showed that marijuana users were more likely to support legalizing marijuana, but they were less likely toSupport the legalization of cocaine and heroin, while users of crack, cocaine, heroin, speedball, and/or methamphetamines were morelikely to support legalize all drugs including cocaine andHeroin.

Social and Political Attitudes among Religious Groups: Convergence and Divergence over Time

Studies indicate that religious affiliation has a significant effect on political and social attitudes in the United States. A conservative-liberal continuum exists among religious groups, with

Young People's More Permissive Views About Marijuana: Local Impact of State Laws or National Trend?

Passing medical marijuana laws does not seem to directly affect the views of young people in medical marijuana states, but there is a national trend toward young people taking more permissive views about marijuana independent of any effects within states.

Religious Ambivalence, Liminality, and the Increase of No Religious Preference in the United States, 2006–2014

Author(s): Hout, M | Abstract: © 2017 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Americans identified less and less with organized religion over the past two decades. Yet apparently, many