Last week - and many, many times before that, really - Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed that he is out of touch with Americans on the issue of marijuana. While speaking to service people at the Luke Airforce Base in Arizona, Sessions took a moment to reflect on the backlash to his cannabis comments.
"When they nominated me for attorney general, you would have thought the biggest issue in America was when I said, 'I don't think America's going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner grocery store,' " Sessions said, referring to comments that he made last month. "[People] didn't like that; I'm surprised they didn't like that."
But he shouldn't be surprised given that the American public has consistently supported marijuana legalization since 2012. A 2015 Gallup poll revealed that 58 percent of Americans supported legalization for medical and recreational uses. A year later, Gallup's numbers suggested that support had climbed to 60 percent support.
And most recently, Civilized partnered with PSB to conduct a survey of more than 1,600 North American adults. We found that nearly 80 percent of North Americans support legalizing marijuana in some form. That means only one in five Americans remain opposed to reforming the country's cannabis laws.
So Sessions shouldn't be surprised that so many people criticized his remarks on marijuana. Clearly his opinions don't reflect mainstream attitudes toward cannabis. But we also shouldn't be surprised that he is so out of touch. After all, he once joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan "were OK until I found out they smoked pot." So his sense of humor is as tone deaf as his policy views on cannabis.
Civilized partnered with PSB to conduct a survey of more than 1,600 North American adults to explore modern cannabis culture. PSB is a world renowned global strategic communication