Pew: Majority Of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana

By | April 5, 2013
A graph showing support for legalizing marijuana by generational group.

For the first time in four decades of polling, a majority of Americans support legalizing the use of marijuana.

found that 52 percent of those polled said marijuana should be legal. Forty-five percent said it should be illegal.

Pew reports:

“Support for legalizing marijuana has risen 11 points since 2010. The change is even more dramatic since the late 1960s. A 1969 Gallup survey found that just 12% favored legalizing marijuana use, while 84% were opposed.

“The survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults, finds that young people are the most supportive of marijuana legalization. Fully 65% of Millennials –born since 1980 and now between 18 and 32 — favor legalizing the use of marijuana, up from just 36% in 2008. Yet there also has been a striking change in long-term attitudes among older generations, particularly Baby Boomers.”

This isn’t terribly surprising, of course. Back in October of 2011, , support for legalizing marijuana had reached 50 percent for the first time ever.

that a November Post-ABC News poll found “the public split 48 to 50 percent on” the issue. “And 51 percent of registered voters supported legalization in a December .”

via Pew: Majority Of Americans Now Favor Legalizing Marijuana : The Two-Way : NPR.

The smell of pot makes me nauseous. Keep it away from me, but, sure, I’d vote to legalize it and tax it. I do see a possible problem with the entire country escaping more with drug abuse and a reduction of work output if more people are sitting around stoned… but I don’t believe it is a “gateway” drug, that causes people to start using harder drugs. I have seen it fry people’s brains so to speak after years of daily use.

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