Two major recent opinion polls show an unmistakable shift in public opinion in the United States regarding the legalization of marijuana. A poll from Gallup last October showed 58-percent of Americans now favor legalization. A more recent poll from CNN showed legalization support at 55-percent, and the majority view marijuana less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. That majority now ostensibly includes President Obama, who in a widely publicized article in the New Yorker said that he believes marijuana is less dangerous (than alcohol) "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer.”
The issue of marijuana legalization will continue to be debated, and now discussions surrounding ingestion methods have heightened – especially for medicinal use. For example, medical marijuana reduces painful side effects from certain types of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, epilepsy and other serious illnesses, however, the smoke can negatively affect the respiratory system. This is why “vaping” is drastically growing in popularity and notice in the media.
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