Record-high 64 percent of Americans want marijuana legalized

Record-high 64 percent of Americans want marijuana legalized

Record-high 64 percent of Americans want marijuana legalized

Currently, Gallup's new findings indicate 64 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized at the federal level.

A new Gallup poll shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of the measure. A majority of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support marijuana reform.

Seventy-two percent of Democrats told pollsters this month they support legalizing marijuana, up from 67 percent in 2016, according to the results published Wednesday.

Morgan Fox, the director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said in a statement Americans are "tired" of wasting resources arresting individuals for using marijuana. So far, the states that have legalized marijuana have been pretty liberal states (California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, etc.).

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A man holds up a joint during a rally to support the legalization of marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 24, 2017.

As for Democrats, 72% support legalization, up from 67% when Gallup polled the question past year, and 67% of independents support legalization as well. Most recently marijuana was legalized in 2016 in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and ME via citizen referenda and voters in a number of other states approved legalization for medicinal purposes. Many other states allow marijuana use for medicinal purposes under laws with varying degrees of strictness. In 2010 Democrats were nearly twice as likely as Republicans to favor legalization. And considering support among Republicans increased by nine percent in one year, you can imagine that number will continue to grow at a quick rate going forward. That's the most support that Gallup has picked up in 48 years of polling on this question. While it's true that this increase in support for legalization has not led to the same rapid changes in the law we saw when it came to marriage equality, much of that can be attributed to the differences in how those laws can be changed.

Activists from within the marijuana-legalization community celebrated the poll results. "That bodes well for efforts to pass cannabis laws in more states in 2018 - both on the ballot and through state legislatures".

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