New poll shows 53 percent support legalized marijuana
A recently released Pew Research Poll shows that support for legalizing marijuana is holding strong at a majority.
Nationally, 53 percent of Americans support legalization, with millennials leading the way. 68 percent of those aged 18-34 support legalization, while those aged 35-50 support legalization at 52 percent. Those opposing legalization weighed in at 44 percent.
Factoring in political affiliation, solid majorities of Democrats and independents support legalization at 59 and 58 percent respectively, while 39 percent of Republicans are in support of legalizing cannabis.
Males support legalization at higher rates than women however, at 57 percent to 49 percent respectively.
Pew began polling on the subject in 1969. At that time, 12 percent of Americans said that cannabis should be legal.
Support hit a high point in 1978 with 30 percent, but then fell throughout the 1980s before making a slow climb back to 31 percent in 2000.
It was in 2013 when marijuana legalization efforts reached a majority support at 52 percent.
Both Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana in 2012, with Alaska and Oregon following in 2014.
The nation’s capitol, Washington, DC voted to legalize marijuana in 2014 as well. The law went into effect in February 2015, though it does not allow for legal sales.
Several other states are expected to legalize cannabis in 2016.
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