A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a majority of those in the United States support legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes.
According to the poll, 53% of Americans support legalizing cannabis, with 44% opposed. As recently as 2006, just 32% supported cannabis legalization, while nearly twice as many (60%) were opposed.
“Millennials (currently 18-34) have been in the forefront of this change: 68% favor legalizing marijuana use, by far the highest percentage of any age cohort”, according to a Tuesday press release. “But across all generations –except for the Silent Generation (ages 70-87) – support for legalization has risen sharply over the past decade.”
New polling released by Pew Research has found strong nationwide support for legalizing cannabis, especially among millenials (those born between 1981 and 1996).
According to the poll, 63% of Republican millenials believe that cannabis should be made legal. Support is even higher among Democrats, at 77%.
Strong support was also found in both parties among those that fall into the “Gen X” category (born between 1965 and 1980). Although Republican support is below 50%, its not far off far off at 47%. For Democrats, support is at a sturdy 61%.
The President of Guatemala Otto Pérez Molina praised the voters of Colorado and Washington for legalizing cannabis during a speech given at the United Nations on Thursday. The president also spoke out against the failures of the drug war, and urged countries to take a different approach.
“You know global drug policy is changing when the president of a Latin American country plagued by drug trafficking violence praises US initiatives to legalize marijuana,” said Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “It feels like sanity and rationality are at last penetrating the highest levels of governments throughout the Americas.”