It’s the age-old question in America: should marijuana be legal? With the drug now lawful for recreational use in four states (and Washington D.C.) — and for medicinal use in a number of other states — the tide seems to be turning in that direction, but is that what most Americans want? According to Gallup, the answer seems to be yes.
In a Gallup poll of 1,015 adults conducted in Oct. 2015, the number of people who support legalization in the country matched a 46-year high at 58%, the third consecutive year the organization’s survey found that more than half of the respondents supported legalization. That 58% marks a 383% increase over the 12% of people who supported legalization the first time Gallup conducted its poll in 1969.
Digging deeper into the numbers, it’s not too surprising to discover that younger Americans are overwhelmingly in support of weed becoming legal — 71% of the 18-34 year-olds surveyed by Gallup in October responded affirmatively. Support is even growing among senior citizens; in 1969, 4% of seniors were in favor of legalization, and in 2015 that number among the older generation was 35%.
If this trend continues, states — and potentially even the federal government — may come under increased pressure to reconsider their laws regarding the drug commonly referred to as weed.
You can check out Gallup’s site if you’d like to read the organization’s full analysis of the survey results, and be sure to contact us to give your thoughts on the topic, including if you have any ideas on how to spread the word about efforts to speed up the legalization of marijuana.
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