50% of Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana
50% of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, reveals a new Gallup poll. This growing support can lead to a change in US laws regarding this popular drug. Adults below 30 years and liberals expressed the most support at 60%. Seniors above 65 were the least supportive at 31%.
Increasing Support for Marijuana
Support for marijuana has been increasing gradually over the years and has now reached a record-high 50%. However 46% of respondents said the drug should not be made legal. The pollsters say increasing support for marijuana could pressurize lawmakers to comply with the majority’s wishes. In 1969 only 12% supported marijuana legalization which increased to 30% in 2000 to 40% in 2009. A previous survey last year had found that a whopping 70% of Americans supported medical marijuana to treat suffering and pain.
Marijuana is the Most Popular Drug
California was the first state to allow usage of medical marijuana in 1996. Since then, many other states have allowed medical use of marijuana. However, federal law still classifies Cannabis as illegal. A different survey last month revealed that marijuana has become the most popular drug among young Americans. 7% of Americans older than 12 admitted using the drug last year.
Democrats and Men Favor Legalization
57% of Democrats support legalization compared to 35% of Republicans. 55% of men back legalization compared to 46% of women. More than 50% Americans in the East, Midwest and West favor legalization compared to 44% in the South. The Gallup poll conducted telephone surveys of more than 1,000 adult Americans across the nation.