Over Half Of Americans Support Legalization Of Weed

Yes, it's true: the majority of Americans want pot legalized. 

For the first time ever in polling history, the majority of Americans have voted in support of the legalization of marijuana. With 58% of the 1000 American adults polled in favour of the movement, it seems that significant changes are occurring in the general public opinion of weed.

For the past couple of years, the number of pro-pot voters has lingered around the halfway mark, but this year’s results indicate that the majority of adults, including politicians, support the legalization of marijuana in the US. 38% of those asked even admitted to smoking pot.

Gallup started running the poll in 1969. Despite it being the period of ‘PEACE, MAN!’ and tie-dyed hippies running with flowers, only 12% of the Americans asked were in favour of making the green stuff legal. Numbers of advocates increased slowly, nearing 30% at the end of the 1970s, but failed to show a significant change of opinion until the 2000s.

Recent political progresses indicate that the thoughts of many members of the US government are in line with the results of the Gallup poll. For example, only last week did an elected official in California propose state legalisation of pot within the next year or so.  

The Obama administration has been pretty lenient on the matter, too, compared to past political opposition of legalization. They said that as long as the law is obeyed surrounding sale and distribution of weed, then they are okay with the current legalization in two states.

Statistically, there was a small increase in the number of yes votes from Republicans (from 33% to 35%) and Democrats (from 61% to 65%), and a massive surge in yes votes amongst the Independent parties (from 50% to 62%)

While the Gallup poll itself won’t cause any immediate changes to the law, there’s a good chance that it will influence the decisions of the government over the coming year. Two states, Washington and Colorado, recently legalized recreational use of marijuana; it may not be long until other states share a legal smoke with them.

Words by Amy Pay

[Photo credits: www.gallup.com]