A new Reason-Rupe poll released today has found that millennials (those aged 18 to 29) overwhelmingly favor the removal of criminal penalties for cannabis, as well as hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
According to the poll, only 14% of millennials across the United States believe that the use of cannabis should result in jail time, with 83% saying it shouldn’t. 65% believe that cannabis use should be allowed or result in just a ticket, and an additional 18% believe that rehabilitation should be required, though incarceration shouldn’t. In a separate question, 57% (to 39%) stated that they believe cannabis should be legally allowed.
The survey also found that millennials strongly oppose jail time for other drugs; just 28% of respondents feel that the use of ecstasy should result in jail, compared to 34% for cocaine and 35% for heroin. 31% believe that ecstasy should be legally allowed or result in just a ticket, and 37% believe it shouldn’t result in jail, but should result in rehabilitation. For cocaine, 24% believe it should be allowed or result in a fine, and 41% believe it should lead to rehabilitation. For heroin, 17% say it should be allowed or just a ticket, and 44% say it should lead to rehabilitation.
The poll, which covers far more than just drug law reform, can be viewed by clicking here.