American support for marijuana legalization remains at an all time high



Nov. 4, 2021 ( Newswire) The percentage of Americans who believe “marijuana use should be legal” remains at an all-time high, according to data from a national poll reported today by Gallup.

Sixty-eight percent of those polled approve of legalization – the same level of support Gallup reported last year. This matches the highest percentage of support ever reported in a national Gallup poll. “As was the case in 2020, strong majorities of American adults in all major subgroups by sex, age, income and education support the legalization of marijuana,” the Gallup pollsters determined.

“There is no remorse on the part of the American people. In the era of state-level legalization, voter support for this issue has grown rapidly – an indication that these policy changes have been successful and correspond to the wishes and desires of the voters. expectations. ” NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said. “Today voters of all ages and in virtually every part of the country agree that marijuana should be legal. We have a mandate from the American people and we intend to make sure elected officials respect it.”

In 1969, when Gallup began to study the issue, only twelve percent of Americans supported the legalization of marijuana. In 1996, when California voters became the first state in the country to legalize medical cannabis, 25% of Americans said marijuana should be legal for people 21 and over. Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize marijuana for adults, public support for legalization has increased by around 20 percentage points nationwide. Legalization has enjoyed majority support among Americans since 2013.

Consistent with previous polls, Gallup reported that most Democrats (83%) and political independents (71%) support the legalization of marijuana. In contrast, Republicans are almost equally divided on the issue (50% in favor; 49% against).

Additional information on Americans’ attitudes toward legalization is available from NORML here.

NORML advocates for changes in public policy so that responsible possession and use of marijuana by adults is no longer subject to criminal penalties. NORML further advocates for a regulated commercial cannabis market so that activities involving the for-profit production and retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products are safe, transparent, user-friendly and subject to state licensing and / or local. Finally, NORML advocates for further changes in legal and regulatory policies so that those who use marijuana responsibly no longer face social stigma or discrimination in the workplace, and that those who have criminal records for marijuana-related violations have the option of having their records automatically. removed.

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