Support for Cannabis Legalization Reaches All-Time High

Cannabis Legalization Hasn't Resulted In Any Major Problems For Colorado Officials

Cannabis Legalization Hasn't Resulted In Any Major Problems For Colorado Officials By Tess Allen | Oct 24 2017 | Politics

The poll, taken October 5-11, and is the highest level of public support Gallup has found in almost a half-century of measurement, dating back to 1969.

A majority of USA adults - including most Democrats and Republicans - now support marijuana legalization, according to a new survey by Gallup. Although more Democrats favored legalization - up to 72 percent from 67 percent - support fell among Independents to 67 percent from 70 percent. Just past year, only 42 percent of GOP members surveyed said they supported legalization.

A record-high percentage of Americans - 64% - support marijuana legalization.

"It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing", said Morgan Fox, the director of communications for Marijuana Policy Project, the nation's largest organization devoted to reforming cannabis laws. So far, the states that have legalized marijuana have been pretty liberal states (California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, etc.).

Previous year - in advance of nine states voting on legalization measures, eight of which passed - Americans favored legalization at a level of 60 percent. Previous year support was 28 points, or 67 percent, higher among Democrats.

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Another poll, released earlier today by Sacred Heart University, found that 71% of CT residents support legalizing and taxing cannabis for adult use. While it's true that this increase in support for legalization has not led to the same rapid changes in the law we saw when it came to marriage equality, much of that can be attributed to the differences in how those laws can be changed. "On both issues, about a quarter supported legalization in the late 1990s, and today 64% favor each", Gallup writes in its analysis of the poll.

The sharp shift in Republican voters' views on pot is the most significant finding in the Gallup poll, coming during a time of increased federal skepticism of marijuana legalization efforts.

Over half the US has legalized some form of marijuana use.

Tom Angell, founder of Marijuana Majority, a cannabis advocacy group, told Business Insider in a statement that it would be "politically disastrous", for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to initiate a crackdown on state-legal marijuana businesses. Sessions could have an uphill battle in shoring up support for his anti-marijuana crusade if he cannot even count on his own party.

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