The sentiment towards marijuana prohibition continues to change as the years go by. According to the most recent Gallup poll released last week, American support is the highest it has ever been.
Sixty-six percent of Americans say that they endorse legalization, a total that is consistent with other recent polls. This number is almost 30 percent higher than 2012 totals, which incidentally was the year that Colorado and Washington became the first to states that legalized adult use of marijuana.
The Gallup poll revealed that support for legalization is held by majorities of Democrats (76 percent), Republicans (51 percent), and Independents (68 percent).
Another poll released last week by PPRI (the Public Religion Research Institute) similarly reported that two in three Americans are in support of legalizing and regulating the plant.
Eleven states, plus the District of Columbia, have legalized the adult use of marijuana.
Twenty-two states permit marijuana to be sold for medical purposes.
Gallup found that support for legalizing marijuana is widespread and stated, “There are essentially no meaningful differences in support for legal marijuana by gender, education, income, region and urban/suburban/rural residence.”