Support for Legalization Reaches a “New High”

Today, the President announced that the U.S. Department of Justice will no longer waste their resources prosecuting patients using medical marijuana in accordance with state laws. This news comes as a recent Gallup poll finds that support for marijuana legalization has reached a new high. According to Gallup’s October Crime Poll, 44% of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana, up from 36% in 2004.

There appears to be a growing perception amongst the public that the legalization and taxation of cannabis is a legitimate way for states to cure their budgetary woes, particularly in the West where 53% of respondents support such measures.  But budgetary considerations alone do not explain the rise of support for legalization.  According to Gallup, “Americans are no more — and no less — in favor of legalizing marijuana when the issue is framed as a revenue-enhancement tool for state governments.”

In the last four years, support for legalization has surged across several demographics including liberals and adults under the age of 50.

If this trend persists, with a 1-2% increase in support each year, Gallup predicts that “the majority of Americans could favor legalization of the drug in as little as four years.”


What do you think?


One Response

  1. They should legalize it and tax the crap out of it! California could use the revenue definitely!

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