Support for cannabis legalization in US still at high of 66 percent
The most recent Gallup Poll about cannabis legalization says that 66 percent of Americans support legalizing the drug, matching the all-time high recorded last year. That means that two-thirds of Americans are still in favor of making cannabis legal.
Support for legalization has steadily risen since around 2015 — back in 1971, only 12 percent of the country said they wanted the drug legalized, and after a slight dip in the “Just Say No” 80s, support has gone from 25 percent in the ‘90s up to a clear majority today. People who say they have “conservative” beliefs are most likely to be against legalization, but only 50% of those people oppose it. Those who are cited as “liberal” and “Democrats” have the most support, at 82% and 76%, respectively. 81% of people under 30 also support legalization.
These numbers are solid but not surprising — as states have legalized across the country, a bigger audience than ever before has been exposed to legal cannabis, and Americans understand more than they ever have about what cannabis is and how it works. There are still concerns (especially in more conservative areas of the country), and the current implementation for legalization isn’t exactly perfect — high taxes, corruption, and confusing regulation schemes have somewhat stifled the legal market, allowing unlicensed businesses and products to continue to thrive.
And of course the ongoing vaping illness issue (caused by these unlicensed products) is resulting in hospitalizations and 33 deaths so far around the country. But despite these problems, American still support making cannabis legal. Our legislators are a little tied up with impeaching our terrible excuse for a president at the moment, but hopefully once our current issues are settled, we’ll see some actual legislative action that reflects this support for legalization.