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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Poll Shows Significant Support For Marijuana Legalization Nationwide

marijuana legalization support gallup pollI have seen numerous polls that show majority support for marijuana legalization. However, the sample size of those polls is usually in the thousands. While I think the polls are are accurate reflection of the overall opinion of Americans, I’ve always wanted to see a poll that looks at a large sample of poll participants. A poll fitting that description was released yesterday. Per Civic Science:

We analyzed a sample of 453,653 U.S. adults over the past two years who answered the following question: “Would you support or oppose a law in your state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” 58% of respondents support legalization; 35% oppose it; 7% have no strong opinion. Looking only at data over the past three months, support bumps up to 61%, while 30% oppose, and 8% have no strong opinion.

Weed legalization supporters clearly outnumber weed legalization opponents in the U.S. today, and ours aren’t the only data that say so. The Pew Foundation published similar numbers in April 2014 – though with a slightly lower (54%) level of support, which could be attributed to margin of error, different question wording, changes over time, or some combination. But I digress.

The scales haven’t tipped because the population of stereotypical stoners somehow exploded in the last decade. We now live in a world (or at least a country) where smoking herb (or at least condoning it) is no longer the exclusive realm of outliers and rebels. Weed has gone mainstream. Weed is trending.

This poll is huge, and timely considering that Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. are voting on marijuana legalization this election. Countless more states will be voting on marijuana legalization in 2016, and there’s a good chance that one or more state legislatures could legalize marijuana in between the two elections. Marijuana legalization will no doubt be a hot topic in the 2016 Presidential race as well. Per Tom Angell from the Marijuana Majority:

“This huge poll is yet another indication that marijuana legalization is officially a mainstream issue. With ending prohibition polling better with voters than most elected officials do these days, it’ll be really interesting to see which 2016 contenders realize that supporting marijuana reform is good politics and which still don’t get it.”

  • painkills2

    Can’t think of too many issues where over 50% of Americans agree on the same thing.

    • Carolyn

      Hi All — i’m new to this site — just now :D How do i send a new message — hate facebook. Would like to know if i should vote this year — if California has legalizing cannibis on the ballot or not. Thanks for your help. Carolyn

      • painkills2

        Welcome, Carolyn, to Disqus and The Weed Blog! I don’t think you can send personal messages through Disqus or TWB — like you can on some websites — but I’ve never used Facebook, so I’m not sure what you’re referring to.

        You should always vote :) As for if and when legalizing cannabis is on any ballot, you have to keep up with local news. For instance, here in Albuquerque, it’s been a back and forth issue as to whether our city will put decriminalization on the ballot in November. Doesn’t really matter — just show up and vote either way.

      • Uncle Arthur

        Hi Carolyn and welcome. To answer your question about California, you will most likely have to wait until 2016 for some of marijuana legalization initiative to be on the ballot there.

  • mike1188

    People are just so tired of there families being distroyed by unfair unjust anti marijuana laws. Legalization is good for families because people will stop going to prison for non violent marijauna charges. It’s good for the economy, it will create more jobs. It’s good for our tax burden,it will help pay for schools, police and rehab services. Even if you think that legalizing marijuana does not effect you. Think of the fact you don’t know the future and it just might affect you or someone you know and love.

  • Don

    Some people have a few beers or a glass of scotch to wind down and relieve stress at the end of the workday, while others prefer to smoke a little bud. The second group should not be subject to a criminal record.

    • marty

      you said it brother as long as I don’t come in completely stoned to work who cares what I do at home

  • John H Player

    if only we could re-ask them all at once again, not just over the past two years. You would have that poll you have and me both brother have always been waiting for… maybe tomorrow right?

  • skoallio

    If these were nationwide numbers, than Washington and Colorado shouldve won with 80-90% support.

  • ray

    I cant wait for legalization to occur. I can see how the novelty would eventually wear off if you could just walk into a dispensary and buy it like colorado and washington. I was able to go to Denver and buy some weed in the mountains right down the road from the Casino. I felt like I was in a free country.

  • Cyndysub

    Yeah,yeah,yeah, when the Question is asked Should it be legal for a person to use Marijuana in the privacy of their home the number are quite different. “Americans are even more likely to support making it legal for a person to use marijuana in their own home. Sixty-six percent of Americans said that it should be legal to smoke pot in a private residence, including 72 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents. Even Republicans tended to say that smoking marijuana in a private residence should be legal, by a margin of 50 percent to 39 percent”. (The huffington post)