New Gallup Poll: 64% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana

A new Gallup poll has found that 64% of adults in the United States support legalizing marijuana, up from 60% last year, and 50% in 2011. 

This is this the highest level of support at the national level ever recorded by Gallup, which has been asking the question since 1969. It’s also the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization (51%).

“It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing”, says Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. “Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol. In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”

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Gallup Poll: 60% of U.S. Adults Support Legalizing Cannabis, Record High

smoking a jointAccording to a newly released Gallup Poll, 60% of those 18 and older in the U.S. believe that cannabis should be legal. This is the highest percentage of support Gallup has found for legalization since they started polling the question 47 years ago.

When Gallup first asked this question in 1969, 12% of Americans supported the legalization of cannabis. In the late 1970s, support rose to 28% but began to retreat in the 1980s during the era of the “Just Say No” to drugs campaign. Support stayed in the 25% range through 1995, but increased to 31% in 2000 and has continued climbing since then.

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