I wonder if calling it a "New High" was intentional....
U.S. Support for Legalizing Marijuana Reaches New High
PRINCETON, NJ -- Gallup's October Crime poll finds 44% of Americans in favor of making marijuana legal and 54% opposed. U.S. public support for legalizing marijuana was fixed in the 25% range from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but acceptance jumped to 31% in 2000 and has continued to grow throughout this decade.
It's jumped 19% in just 14 years, and 8% in just the last 4 years. Support is growing fast, and it's growing faster all the time.
I still have mixed feelings about legalizing marijuana (more based on emotion than based on facts), but my feeling is, regardless of whether you want all drugs legalized (which I am against), weed, like alcohol during prohibition, is simply too widely used today to be labeled criminal.Gallup also finds a generational rift on the issue, as 50% of those under 50 and 45% of those 50 to 64 say it should be legal, compared with 28% of seniors.
The question that remains is: when a majority of Americans support legalization- and at the rate we're going, it looks like that will happen pretty soon- will it be of small quantities, or all-out legalization?