Public Opinion on Marijuana Usage, Legalization, and Punishments

by Jessie D on October 10, 2012 - 11:54pm

This article determined and discussed the attitudes of North Americans on issues surrounding the nations coping with illegal drugs and marijuana legalization, decriminalization, punishments, and effects on families. This article gives data on the public view on marijuana in North America and how it has changed over time.

I think this article shows the general opinion of marijuana a large scale that is free of the bias of an individuals’ perception. This article also points out the many contradictory trends in the response of the general public when it comes to marijuana (Millhorn et al., 2009). I think North Americans could benefit from more research and accessible information about the effects, uses, and truths about weed in order to be more informed and opinionated about this popular issue.


Misty Millhorn, Megan Monaghan, Darrel Montero, Maria Reyes, Tony Roman, Roy Tollasken, and Becca Walls. 2009. “North Americans' Attitudes Toward Illegal Drugs.”Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment Vol. 19 Issue 2, p125-141, 17p, 5 Charts