68 percent of Americans support legalizing cannabis for adults, according to the latest Gallup poll. It is the highest recorded level of support for legalization since the pollster first started asking about the issue in 1969.
While cannabis legalization is particularly popular among younger generations, a majority of respondents from every age group including people 65+ supported legalization.
Additionally, an overwhelming majority of Democrats (83%) and independents (72%) prefer legalization to the status quo.
But, while support for legalizing has grown slightly overall, it was not across all demographics: support among self-described conservatives and regular (weekly) church-goers was just under 50%. Even among Republicans — who supported legalization with slim majorities from 2017-2019 — support had fallen below the majority threshold to 48%.
The latest poll was conducted from September 30 to October 15.
“In national polls and at the ballot box, the American public has spoken loudly and clearly. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor ending the failed policies of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a policy of legalization, regulation, taxation, and public education. Elected officials — at both the state and federal level — ought to be listening.” — Erik Altieri, Executive Director of NORML, in a press release
In November, voters in New Jersey, South Dakota, Arizona, and Montana approved ballot initiatives to legalize adult-use cannabis. Ballot initiatives to legalize medical cannabis were also passed in South Dakota and Mississippi.
Before the election, the following U.S. states and jurisdictions had legalized adult-use cannabis: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington DC.
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