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Legislation of Marijuana Use

6 78.9 71.1 69.1 74.2 78.4 76.0 81.6 83.5

Females 84.7 83.3 74.5 73.2 78.4 82.5 80.2 85.7 85.6

Males 77.3 73.4 66.7 64.9 69.1 73.2 70.8 76.5 80.4

Whites 81.6 78.1 72.2 70.1 74.2 79.4 76.0 81.8 82.5

Other racial andethnic groups 82.3 76.3 63.8 60.2 72.4 71.1 77.3 80.2 87.5

30 years old andolder 88.3 85.9 79.3 76.8 79.9 82.4 80.7 84.7 86.2

Under 30 yearsold 59.2 59.8 45.3 49.5 56.0 68.5 63.9 78.5 75.8

[source: calculated from data in Bureau of Justice

Statistics, 1987, pp. 196197]

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Hypothesis one held that the overall trend in public opinion toward the legalization of marijuana use is toward opposing legalization. The data presented in Table 1 (preceding page) indicated that opposition to legalization ranged from a low of 69.1 percent of decided respondents in 1978 to a high of 83.5 percent in 1987. The strength of opposition to legalization dropped from 1973 through 1978, and then increased, until in 1986, the level of opposition was equal to that in 1973, and, in 1987, exceeded the 1973 level of opposition.

The trend regression analysis projected an opposition level of 80.8 percent in 1988, 83.2 percent in 1989, and 85.6 percent in 1990. The data relationships, however, were not statistially significant at the p<.05 level of probability; therefore, the projected levels of opposition may not be assumed to be valid. What is certain, however, is that the overall population was overwhelmingly opposed to the legalization of marijuana throughout the 19731987 time period, that less than sixpercent of the total population are current users of marijuana, and that only 16 percent of those individuals in the 1825 year old age group are current users of marijuana (Cooper, 1990). Considering that 56 percent of those individuals in the 1825 year old age g...

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