Pew Poll: Only 30% of Cops Believe Cannabis Should be Illegal for All Reasons

A new Pew Research Center poll has found that a minority of police officers in the United States support a full-blown prohibition on cannabis.

According to the survey of almost 8,000 active-duty police officers; 32% believe that cannabis should be legal for both recreational and medical purposes; an additional 37% believe that it should be legal for medical use only. Just 30% – less than 1 in 3 – believe cannabis should remain illegal for all uses.

By comparison, the survey found 49% of the public to be in support of legalizing medical and recreational cannabis; 35% support legalizing medical cannabis only, with just 15% supporting full prohibition.

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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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