Pew Poll: Public’s Attitude Shifts Dramatically In Favor Of Marijuana Legalization

But right now marijuana feels at home in the United States like never before in the last hundred years.A majority of white and black people support legalization (59 percent, respectively), while Hispanic people are more split on the issue – 46 percent favor legalization, 49 percent are opposed.”This report shows that a lot of those fears don’t come to fruition in the case of legalization”, said Joy Haviland, staff attorney at DPA. Pew asked poll respondents the following yes/no question: “Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?”Three years after commercial marijuana markets first opened in Colorado and Washington, the nonprofit organization, which favors marijuana legalization, acknowledges that it is “too early to draw any line-in-the-sand conclusion about the effects of marijuana legalization”.That’s flipped from a decade ago, when opinion on legalizing marijuana was almost the reverse – just 32 percent favored legalization, while 60 percent were opposed.This isn’t all that surprising when you consider the fact marijuana wasn’t really a widely popular substance until people in the Baby Boomer generation were teenagers amid the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s.When it comes to the movement for legal weed, it’s safe to say Republicans are slowing down the train.The study found that young adults have driven public support.Among U.S. voters, Liberal Democrats were most in favor of marijuana legalization, with 78 percent supporting it, according to the Pew study.Overall, 71 percent of millennial voters, those ages 18 to 35, support legalizing the drug, compared to 34 percent in 2006, the poll found. Those who identify themselves as conservative Republicans showed the greatest support for keeping pot verboten. Just 33 percent of conservative Republicans share this view, with 62 percent saying marijuana should be illegal.In the 2014 election, Alaska and OR followed suit, while Washington D.C. passed a more limited measure that legalized possession and home cultivation of marijuana (but did not address its taxation and sale due to D.C. law). Latinos have surpassed whites as the largest ethnic or racial group in the Golden State.The survey, conducted August 23-Sept.When looking at race, Hispanics are the least supportive of legalizing pot. However, Tom Angell, chairman of the group Marijuana Majority, was pleased with Pew’s findings.Post-legalization, if more drivers are testing positive for marijuana that may simply “demonstrate an as-expected increase in marijuana use by adults over 21 years of age in the states that have legalized”, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. “Legalization is polling much better than either presidential candidate, and politicians should do more to appeal to this growing constituency”.

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