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Report variety of People help marijuana legalization, ballot finds | Leafly


A brand new Gallup ballot launched this morning discovered that 68% of People imagine hashish must be legalized, the best share in additional than 50 years.

The Gallup group started asking People about marijuana again in 1969. At the moment solely 12% of respondents mentioned it must be authorized.

The determine hovered within the 25-30% vary between 1975 and 2000. Then it started steadily climbing.

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Help for legalization started steadily climbing within the early 2000s. It now stands at 68%. (Gallup Group)


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Polled simply earlier than the election

The most recent knowledge are from a Sept. 30-Oct. 15 ballot, with a pattern measurement of 1,035 adults from all 50 states, carried out earlier than the election that noticed legalization proposals on the poll in a number of states. Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota permitted the authorized use of adult-use marijuana within the Nov. 3 election. They be a part of 11 different states and the District of Columbia.

Moreover, voters in Mississippi and South Dakota be a part of 33 states and the District of Columbia in passing legal guidelines legalizing or decriminalizing the usage of marijuana for medicinal functions.


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Age stays a key distinction

As in lots of earlier polls, help for legalization tracks with age. Older People are typically much less supportive, whereas youthful respondents overwhelmingly embrace legalization. Practically 80% of People age 18 to 29 help legalization, whereas solely 55% of People 65 and older agree.

Youthful People favor legalization in far better numbers than their elders. (Gallup Group)

Republican help dips barely

Democrats nonetheless favor legalization in better numbers than Republicans, with 83% of blue voters embracing it, and 48% of crimson voters agreeing.

Republican help dipped a bit over the previous 12 months, from 51% help in 2019 to 48% help in 2020.

Democrats nonetheless favor legalization extra strongly than Republicans. (Gallup Group)

Since 2012, when Colorado and Washington turned the primary states to legalize leisure marijuana, there was a gentle motion towards state-led legalization.

Over that interval, People’ help for marijuana legalization has risen 20 factors to a record-high 68%. Legalization has loved majority help from the general public since 2013. Moreover, Gallup knowledge from earlier this 12 months discover that 70% of U.S. adults now take into account smoking marijuana to be morally acceptable, marking a five-percentage-point uptick in a single 12 months.

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Leafly Senior Editor Bruce Barcott oversees information, investigations, and have initiatives. He’s a Guggenheim Fellow and creator of Weed the Folks: The Way forward for Authorized Marijuana in America.

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