A recent poll from Gallup found 66 percent of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana, making 2018 the third consecutive year support for legalization has not only increased but also set a record. While some of us may be wondering how it is 2018 and weed is still not legal, these figures are quite a jump from the very first Gallup poll on the matter. When first asked about legalization in 1969, only 12 percent of Americans were in favor.
Fifty-nine percent of Americans polled of the age 55 and up now believe weed should be legal, which is a nine percent increase of this demographic from 2017. Support for marijuana legalization is strongest among adults within the ages of 18-34 at 78 percent.
Ooze’s home state of Michigan voted to recreationally legalize marijuana by passing Prop 1, being the first Midwestern state and overall tenth state to do so. The passed proposal will create a system to regulate, tax, and sell REC weed to adults living in the state.
Missouri also passed Amendment 2, legalizing medicinal marijuana, becoming the 31st state to do so. This measure (one of three weed-related initiatives on the ballot) will tax marijuana sales at four percent and allow for home cultivation of the plant.
Pew Research also recently conducted a survey regarding marijuana legalization in which they found about 62 percent of Americans agree that marijuana use should be legal. This reflects a solid increase over the past ten years, according the Pew Research Center.