Marijuana safer than opioids, but moms shouldn't use

Most Americans approve of professional athletes using marijuana for pain

Results of the Yahoo News-funded survey have revealed that more than half of American adults have tried marijuana and 14 percent use it on a regular basis. And 67 percent said that using a doctor's prescription for an opioid such as Vicodin nor OxyContin was a larger health risk than a marijuana prescription to control pain. 83-percent of the poll's users also said that marijuana should be made legal nationally and for medical purposes. The rest weren't sure. Overdoses on prescription opioids and heroin claim 91 lives every day, and an estimated 2 million people may be hooked on pills.

According to the survey, "Most Americans are not especially anxious about marijuana use among the nation's youth".

Marijuana by itself is not fatal. And even when these parent-child duos weren't partaking together, there was less secrecy between them than you might expect: Of the parents who toke up, 60 percent believed their kids knew this; adult pot smokers said their parents were well-aware of their habit at a rate of 72 percent. Case in point: That kids would try marijuana was a top concern for 24 percent of the parents who responded to the poll, but only 6 percent of those who use it or have tried it agreed. Having tried marijuana correlates with greater support for legalization: 70 percent of those who have ever tried it (plus or minus 4.1 percentage points) and 89 percent who now use it (plus or minus 6.2 percentage points) support recreational cannabis legalization. And the survey respondents were about evenly divided on whether marijuana should be recommended for children if it were legal.

As more states than ever have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, the Trump administration has promised to enforce federal law and crack down on drug use.

According to the survey, parents do not view marijuana as any more unsafe for their children than other potentially risky activities like smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or having sex.

There has been no action yet by the U.S. Justice Department or any other federal agencies to crack down on states violating the Controlled Substances Act, which bans pot for any use.

Yahoo News and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion conducted the "Weed & the American Family" survey by polling 1,122 adults (18 and over) around the country, and it is possibly the most comprehensive look at the state of public opinion on marijuana in America today.

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