The majority of Americans don’t think cannabis is dangerous, a new survey by Rasmussen Reports revealed. The poll questioned 1,000 Americans about drug misuse and whether they believe marijuana is dangerous or a gateway “to more dangerous drugs,” reported Marijuana Moment.
- Some 59% of respondents agree that drug misuse in the U.S. is getting “worse” in general, compared to 9% who think health issues are improving.
- As many as 28% of respondents believe cannabis is either not very dangerous or not at all dangerous – 29%.
- For 23%, cannabis is “somewhat dangerous” and some 12% view it as “very dangerous.”
- Most Democrats (60%) said they didn’t think that cannabis is dangerous, compared to Republicans who are divided, with 48% thinking it is at least somewhat dangerous and 45% believing it isn’t.
What’s important is that 56% of those who think that drug misuse is getting more serious in the US don’t see cannabis as one of the causes nor think of it as dangerous.
What about marijuana being a gateway drug? Respondents seemed to be evenly divided on this, with 46% thinking it is either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” that marijuana use “leads to the use of more dangerous drugs,” versus 46% who don’t believe this is likely.
The survey questioned 1,000 American adults from September 14-15, with a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.
This article originally appeared on Benzinga and has been reposted with permission.