Latest Gallup poll: Americans favor marijuana legalization more than ever before


Cannabis legalization support continues to rise in the United States, as a new Gallup poll finds that 64% of adults believe that cannabis prohibition should end.

Increased support for legalization coincides with the increased legality of marijuana throughout America in statewide ballot measures, according to Gallup. Public support for marijuana legalization remained stagnant for decades until reaching 34 percent in 2001 and has steadily grown each successive year.

"At a time when the majority of states now are regulating marijuana use in some form, and when almost two-thirds of voters endorse legalizing the plant's use by adults, it makes no sense from a political, fiscal, or moral perspective to maintain the federal prohibition of marijuana", Strekal said in a statement.

The biggest news in this survey is not that a majority of Americans want weed to be made legal - that's been true since at least 2013 - but that Republicans are finally coming around. A majority of Democrats have supported legalization since 2009 and independents first saw majority support for the issue in 2010. Seven states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized marijuana, while 29 states have passed broad laws concerning legalization.

Advocates in MI are expected to qualify an initiative for the ballot next year that would regulate marijuana for adults, and at least 18 states are expected to have legalization bills introduced during their 2018 legislative sessions.

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In 1969 when tracking began, 12 percent supported legalizing the drug, according to Gallup.

Members of the Trump administration, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have come out against marijuana usage.

"It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing", said Morgan Fox, the director of communications for Marijuana Policy Project, the nation's largest organization devoted to reforming cannabis laws.

"The trajectory of Americans' views on marijuana is similar to that of their views on same-sex marriage over the past couple of decades", Gallup said in its analysis of the data. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. "This is a clear mandate for the legislature to enact sensible marijuana laws to help the state create a workable budget".