New High: Majority of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana

A new Gallup poll shows 58% of Americans support legalizing pot

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For the first time, a majority of Americans, 58%, favor legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday. That number was just 12% in 1969, when Gallup first asked the question. 38% of Americans surveyed this year said they had tried marijuana.

The shift in national public support for pot legalization accelerated over the last two years. Public support has risen 8 points since 2011, according to Gallup. Seizing on this momentum, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana use in 2012. Washington and Colorado are just now beginning to roll out their new pot markets after regulators spent months working on the rules. These states’ efforts will serve as test cases for other states looking to create their own legal markets. In California, a task force headed by the state’s Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom, will, among other things, study the implementation of Washington and Colorado’s regulations to help them draft a measure for marijuana legalization that California could implement.

Young people make up the bulk of support for legalization (67% aged 18 to 29 back it), but the number of people aged 65 or older who support legalization has gone up 14 percentage points since 2011, the Gallup polls show. Independents, at 62%, have shown the biggest growth in support. 65% of Democrats and 35% of Republicans now support legalization.

12 comments
smith1607
smith1607

I just can't believe I'm seeing it happen in my lifetime. I spent 25 days in jail back in the 80's for having 2 joints in my cigarette pack. I would never steal or hurt anyone yet there I was with thieves, rapists, murderers, etc. My buddy and me always said to each other that one day people will come to their senses. I never thought it would be in my lifetime. Praise the Lord!! 

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

shout out to the 1996 norcal senior classes, you rocked this boat.....cali for life

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!!

from 0 states and about 25% to half the country and almost 60%, amazing....it can be done, it is being done, it will be done

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!  my crew and i r ending this war

420MEDsmoker
420MEDsmoker

Let #freedom ring! #Marijuana is not illegal because it's dangerous; it's dangerous because it's illegal.

Paulpot
Paulpot

Well it had to happen because you can't fool all the people all the time. 

All it needed was just one or two brave souls to step in front of all the rest and dive in and prove the water was not that cold. The most important thing to happen in Colorado and Washington since they legalized is nothing. There have been no major catastrophes to speak of,  no plagues of brain eating drug zombies, no plague of drug fueled car accidents or riots, no hordes of kids hooked on meth, coke or heroin. Everything the prohibitionists said about marijuana was a lie and now that the first states have done it, it will be impossible to stop reform spreading around the world. 

endthedrugwar
endthedrugwar

Of course marijuna should be legal. Alcohol and tobacco are far more dangerous to health than marijuana, and those are legal. Claiming marijuana is the same as heroin and cocaine and arresting and locking up people just for using marijuana is beyond idiotic. It is an injustice that not only wastes huge quantities of tax payer money for no reason, but also makes crime worse by pouring billions of dollars into the coffers of violent drug traffickers, enabling them to purpetuate even more murder. When alcohol was made illegal back in the 1920s the murder rate in the country skyrocketed, and as soon as alcohol prohibition ended the murder rate nose dived. Hopefuly the politicians in D.C. will wake up soon and end federal marijuana prohibition, though I'm not holding my breath.

smartstoner420
smartstoner420

how is it even possible for someone to tell you that a plant is illegal and you cant do it, or you will be penalized for it? like wtf is that? the government can suck my 8=D because cannabis should never be illegal! 

PhillyCannabis
PhillyCannabis

Cannabis is not toxic to human cells. In fact it has been shown to cure cancer. 

smorrislfp
smorrislfp

People are going to respond and say that marijuana is harmful... OK, it is, but putting people in jail does nothing to decrease that harm. The cost of prosecuting and imprisoning pot users is huge and much better spent elsewhere. Anyone interested in smoking marijuana already does, despite the criminalization.

Paulpot
Paulpot

@smorrislfp If you do some serious reading you will find it extremely difficult to find any evidence that stands up to scientific scrutiny that supports the proposition that marijuana constitutes any threat to anyone who uses it.

“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man". Judge Francis Young. 

smith1607
smith1607

@Paulpot @smorrislfp Man, I used that same quote from Judge Young in a research paper I did for English 201! I got an A on the paper and an A in the class for the semester! 

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