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7 in 10 Young Americans Support Marijuana Legalization

Gallup Marijuana Poll 2015

A new Gallup poll shows that 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, and young Americans are leading the way.

This is the highest support Gallup has measured on the issue to date, with polling beginning in 1972 at 12 percent.

Young Americans age 18-34 support legalization at 71 percent, the most of any group, followed by 35-49 age demographic at 64 percent, 50-64 at 58 percent, and 65 plus at 35 percent.

While the rise in support for cannabis legalization has been due to younger generations replacing the old, support has grown in all categories, even for those once opposed.

Gallup Marijuana Poll Age 2015

For example, those born between 1936 and 1950 when they were first polled have doubled their support from 20 percent to 40 percent.

Currently four states have legalized cannabis, including Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon, along with Washington, D.C. and seven states are expected to vote on the issue in 2016.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. john oates
    October 21, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I saw this its been over 50% for a few years now… with 60% of voters in all states saying change the fed.. law on marijuana and tax it just like beer cigs in all states….. but when I call my reps here in TEXAS I get this … I hear what you are saying but I can not go along with that… I have to ask who do they think put them in office.. there in office to do our work … but after all the years I have been trying to change this dumb law.. I have to tell them I will no longer be voting for you and will be posting what you have told me on the old web .. SO TO CONGRESS YOU BEST CHANGE THE MARIJUANA LAWS IN ALL STATES BEFORE 2016 OR WE THE PEOPLE WILL BE VOTING YOU OUT OF OFFICE.. looks like SANDERS so far is the only one I hear saying he will do away with all fed. laws on marijuana tax it like beer in all states… SO SANDERS WILL BE GETTING MY VOTE COME 2016 …

  2. Ivan Espinosa
    October 22, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    @ John Oates
    Well said Mr. Oates! I will also vote Bernie Sanders for president all the way!!!! We all need to vote these politicians (Specially Greg Abbott) that keep turning a deaf ear on us Texans out of office already. It’s time for them to learn that it’s either our way or the highway! We voted them in, now it’s time to vote them out…..