April 17, 2013

High stakes for marijuana

As public opinion shifts, should the US reconsider marijuana laws?

A marijuana leaf is displayed at Canna Pi medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/Files

More people in the US have been arrested for marijuana possession than for any violent crime. But a new poll shows that for the first time, more than half of Americans surveyed say they’re in favor of legalising marijuana – compared to just 12% in 1969. With the dramatic shift in American public opinion, should the US reconsider its marijuana laws?

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Robert Capecchi @MarijuanaPolicy
Deputy Director of State Policies, Marijuana Policy Project

Kevin Sabet @kevinsabet
Co-Founder, Smart Approaches to Marijuana

Kristi Kelly @kleethe1andonly, Lara Okoloko, and Dustin Mahon join us via Google+ hangout.

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.