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63% Of Young Republican Support Marijuana Legalization


republican marijuanaSupport for marijuana legalization has long been a generational issue. Statistically speaking, older voters tend to be against marijuana legalization, while younger people tend to support marijuana legalization. This is true even among political circles that overall don’t always support marijuana legalization. For instance, a new Pew Research poll found that an overwhelming number of young Republicans favor marijuana legalization. Overall, Republicans are less likely to favor legalization compared to liberal political parties, but that appears to not be the case for the younger members of the Republican party. Per the Pew Research Center:

Six-in-ten (63%) GOP Millennials say the use of marijuana should be made legal, while 35% say it should be illegal, according to our February 2014 survey. That level of support is higher than among Republican Generation Xers (47%) and Baby Boomers (38%), and much higher than among GOP members of the Silent generation (17%). (When we asked the question again in October, overall opinion was only slightly changed.)

Republican Millennials, however, are not as supportive of marijuana legalization as their young Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts. Democrats overall are more enthusiastic supporters, with three-in-four (77%) Democratic Millennials favoring legal marijuana use, as well as 66% of Boomers, 61% of Gen Xers and 44% of the Silent generation inside the party. Across every generational divide, Democrats show higher support than Republicans on this issue.

The overall sea change in marijuana views comes as Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana use in the 2014 election, with the latter two officially going into effect this week. (Colorado and Washington are the only other states that have instituted laws to legalize marijuana.)

Legalized marijuana is on the horizon for the rest of the nation. Oregon, Alaska, D.C., Washington, and Colorado were the first areas of the country to legalize, but they certainly won’t be the last. As older generations of Americans are replaced by their younger counterparts, of any political affiliation, the support for marijuana reform will continue to grow. We have already reached and passed the tipping point, and time is clearly on the side of marijuana legalization efforts.


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  • Dbag

    You do realize that you are an immigrant too at least the Mexicans arnt killing us off and raping our land

  • Denny

    You’re obviously clueless and don’t want to be confused by the facts.

  • “The Middle East is in shambles because he pulled all of the troops and left no reserves behind”

    Bullshit. The withdrawal agreement was set by Bush. That’s what he was announcing when the shoe was thrown at him.

    And ISIS is doing well BECAUSE of Bush lying us into Iraq, disbanding the army there, and de-Bathifying the place.

    And I thought you were a Glibertarian? You guys usually oppose empire and nation building. Why are you defending it?

    Turn off Fox News.

    “And where is the evidence these kids were actually suffering any of these said crimes?”

    There’s plenty of it. You could easily find it. But you don’t care about facts.

    “Why is it our country’s responsibility to welcome these kids?”

    Because we passed a bipartisan bill, signed by your buddy GW Bush, that helps kids who are being forced into slavery.

    “Sorry, we are not the world’s charity especially considering we have many of our own suffering here in our country.”

    We spend enough on war and the military to cut the Pentagon budget in half and feed all the hungry kids here at home, plus all these kids running from slavery.

    “If every one who wanted a job had a job, if every one who needed food had food, etc”

    We could invest in infrastructure and get to full employment in a matter of years. But your GOP buddies would rather let our infrastructure crumble, killing more Americans than terrorists in the process.

    “But somehow America should just open our borders”

    Well, no. We could pass the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate. It’s not open borders by any means.

    “let the downtrodden of other nations come pouring into our country because their country sucks”

    Well, in a lot of ways, their countries suck because of shit we’ve done to them for decades. Centuries…

    “As for the racist accusation, I would literally fuck your world up if you had the balls to say it in person.”

    Bring it.

    “You assume I vote Republican because of race?”

    You admitted you vote Republican because of immigration. Stopping brown people from coming to this country is more important to you than voting for the people who would reform marijuana laws.

    “Then what about the 95% of blacks that vote for Obama because he is black?”

    Actually, minorities vote for Democrats because of the way Republicans treat them. A few might have voted for Obama because he’s the first black president. But most of them (and this is easy to find by looking at demographics from past elections) always vote for Democrats because the GOP is the party of the Southern Strategy.

    “As for the IRS, watch what comes out in Lerner’s emails”

    OK… you let me know, eh? In the mean time, the fact remains that they went after progressive groups at least as much as they went after conservative ones. It’s their job.

    “You think the American people are stupid?”

    The more I talk to you, the more I’m convinced they are.

    “Sad thing here is you are married to your political party”

    Actually, I vote Green when I don’t like the Democrat and my vote doesn’t matter. I just vote for Democrats who I mostly agree with and who need my vote to win. Because they’re always better than the Republicans.

    “while we may have 1% of the Presidential vote, we stand on principles”

    I know what you mean. Like I said, I vote Green sometimes.

    Now, come on up. We can fight in the snow. I’ve never done that before.

  • Oh, believe me. I’ve said much worse to people’s faces. Come on up and find out. I dare you.

  • Bic

    You don’t get to “invite” people to a public forum you arrogant dick.

  • Bic

    There you go acidsex. Your natural born enemy, facts! Ha!

  • Bic

    Sounds like you better get a gun then coward.

  • Bic

    I have a degree in Economics you fucking moron. What’s the excuse for your stupidity? You must be related to one of the Koch brothers to believe the f-ing Repugnicans have your best interest in mind. They just love it when a stupid pawn like you laps up the fucking kool aid they’re selling and then does all the patriotic flag waving for them while they get richer and more powerful off your back and all the while your getting a big red white and blue dick shoved up your ass.

  • Acidsex

    But they aren’t getting their money back because many of them have not even paid into the system. What don’t you get? They never filed taxes because many never paid any taxes into the system. Take a fucking economics course and learn simple Business 101, you fucking moron.

  • Acidsex

    Listen dickhead, it’s not Americans are spoiled and don’t want to do those jobs. They don’t want to do it for the disgusting low wages that ILLEGAL ALIENS do it for. And if they are ILLEGAL ALIENS, they don’t have social security cards because they cannot get one therefore they cannot pay into social security. And even if they did, fuck them. They are here illegally. They are not entitled to the same benefits those who are here legally. Again, I am no conservative, at least in your definition. You do realize that all of these illegals are taking away job from other minorities right?

    There is nothing wrong with immigrating legally through the process. But because of some assholes in other countries that think we aren’t letting them in fast enough, they take it upon themselves to sneak into a country and use resources they have not built or even contributed to. All because they have an American dream. Fuck them. Personally, I would be okay if the border crossers were shot on sight.

  • Acidsex

    Hi Dick, I don’t recall inviting you to the conversation. Owned? How? None of the shit he posted is actually true. Only a fucking retarded Liberal would call slanting and lies as owning someone. You must be part of the Obama administration.

  • Bic

    Why don’t you run along home now cause you just got OWNED!

  • Bic

    I don’t have a problem with the people who paid the f-ing taxes getting THEIR money back instead of donating it to jizz bags like you who act like they should clean your toilet and lick your boots at the same time too. Typical as-hole Republican!

  • Bic

    You mean all the “illegal aliens” who take all the SHIT jobs us spoiled Americans WON’T do and then pay into our social security system that they can’t collect from. And its your f–k buddy conservatives that have sent all the jobs overseas. So much for the “virtuous circle” with you guys, huh?

  • William Levy

    Its bad that old republicans do not favor the use of medical cannabis. It is really a good plant as studies have shown its amazing health benefits. They should understand the fact and go for the legalization of
    cannabis drug
    medical marijuana.

  • firetheliberals

    Once you find out that cannabis provides relief to geriatric problems, old republicans favor it.