Its happened. In the mid-nineties, only a quarter of the U.S. population thought that marijuana should be legal, against a huge 73 percent majority shown in the yearly Gallup poll on legalization. Fifteen years later, there's been a sea change: 50 percent now think it should be legal, the issue's first majority in the history of the Gallup survey, with only 46 percent against it.
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Gallup has tracked the issue for forty years, yet it's only really been close in the last few. In fact, only 5 years ago there was a healthy majority against legalization. But the change may have to do with shifting demographics over time. Expectedly, younger Americans are more likely to support making pot legal. "If this current trend on legalizing marijuana continues, pressure may build to bring the nation's laws into compliance with the people's wishes," Gallup wrote.