For First Time, Gallup Finds Majority Support For Pot Legalization

Consider it the latest sign that America is officially “420 friendly.”

Gallup released findings on Tuesday indicating that for the first time a clear majority of the public now supports marijuana legalization. Fifty-eight percent of Americans said they favor legalization, up big from the early 2000s when support hovered around 30 percent. It marks an even larger spike since 1969, when Gallup first polled the question and found only 12 percent support legalization. 

Only 39 percent said marijuana should not be made legal.

Advocates have enjoyed a number of triumphs over the past 12 months, beginning with Washington and Colorado voters passing measures last year to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Supporters of the movement scored another victory in August when the Department of Justice announced that it won’t sue either state over the laws. 

 

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