Poll: 53% of Americans Support Legalizing Cannabis

A chart showing the rapidly increasing support for legalization in the U.S.
A chart showing the rapidly increasing support for legalization in the U.S.

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.”

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83% of Millenials Support No Jail for Cannabis, Over 60% Support the Same for Other Drugs

A new Reason-Rupe poll released today has found that millennials (those aged 18 to 29) overwhelmingly favor the removal of criminal penaltiesmillennials 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.

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