It would appear one of the reasons Americans are becoming increasingly open to the idea of marijuana reform is due to a growing realization that marijuana is a relatively benign plant. A majority of Americans now see marijuana as less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes.

A new CNN/ORC found that 73 percent of Americans believe it is more dangerous for a person to use alcohol than marijuana. Only 12 percent think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol and another 14 percent see them as equally harmful.

Similarly, the poll found 64 percent think smoking tobacco is more dangerous that smoking marijuana. Just 23 percent think marijuana use is less safe than tobacco use with another 12 calling them equally dangerous.

It is crazy to spend billions of dollar a year locking people away for using something that the American public acknowledges is less dangerous than the drugs which are currently legal.

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