Gallup: Two In Three Americans Endorse Marijuana Legalization

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixty-six percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data compiled by Gallup. The total marks an increase in support of almost 30 percent since 2012, when Colorado and Washington became the first two states to legalize adult marijuana use, and is the highest level of support ever reported by the polling firm.

Majorities of Republicans (53 percent), Independents (71 percent) and Democrats (75 percent) back legalization. Among those age 18 to 34, 78 percent support legalizing marijuana. Fifty–nine percent of those over the age of 55 similarly back legalization – more than three-times the level of support expressed by older Americans in the year 2000.

The Gallup poll comes just days after a new Pew Research Center survey reported 62 percent nationwide support for legalization – the highest total ever recorded by that firm.

“It is time for lawmakers of both parties to acknowledge the data-driven and political realities of legalization,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in a press release. “It is time to stop ceding control of the marijuana market to untaxed criminal enterprises and implement common-sense, evidence-based regulations governing cannabis’ personal use and licensed production by responsible adults.”


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

 

New Frontier Reports Legal Cannabis Sales On The Rise

NEW YORK: The legal cannabis market was valued an estimated $6.6 billion in 2016 and is expected to reach more than $24 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 16 percent during the forecast years According to a report from New Frontier Data.

Accelerating pace of legalization for both medical and recreational cannabis in the U.S. is the main factor that drives the growth of the market. On January 1st, recreational cannabis products have become legal in California, the world’s sixth-largest economy. New Frontier data projected legal cannabis sales in California to reach $2.8 billion in 2017 and $6.6 billion by 2025.

Data also shows that support for cannabis legalization continues to rise. According to Gallup’s latest poll in October, 64 percent of Americans support for legalizing cannabis, the highest level in nearly a half-century. The survey is based on a random sample of 1,028 adults, aged 18 and older. According to another poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, 60 percent of respondents now supported legalizing cannabis for personal use, up from 55 percent in 2014.

Latest Pew Poll Finds Record Support In Favor Of Legalization

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Sixty-one percent of Americans believe the adult use of marijuana should be legal, according to polling data compiled by the Pew Research Center. The percentage is the highest level of support ever reported by the firm, which has polled Americans’ views regarding legalization since 1969.

Support is strongest among African Americans (71 percent), Democrats (69 percent), and Independents (65 percent). Support was weakest among Republicans (43 percent) and white evangelical Protestants (38 percent). However, among self-identified Republicans under 40 years of age, 62 percent favor legalization.

Pew’s results are similar to those of other recent national polls. For instance, an October Gallup poll found that 64 percent of the public support making adult cannabis use legal. A Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday reports that 58 percent of voters nationwide back adult use legalization, and 91 percent believe that medical cannabis should be legal. That poll also reports that 70 percent of voters oppose federal interference in state marijuana policies.


For more information, contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

New Gallup Poll Finds Record Support For Making Marijuana Legal In U.S. – 64%

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record level of 64%, up from 60% last year and 50% in 2011.

This year’s national survey shows the greatest approval for ending marijuana prohibition in the history of the study, and the first time that a majority of those who identify as Republicans support making marijuana legal (51%).

Voters in eight states have passed initiatives regulating and taxing marijuana similarly to alcohol, and marijuana is legal for adults in the nation’s capital. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve a bill through its legislature that would have made marijuana legal for adults before being vetoed by the governor.

Advocates in Michigan are expected to qualify an initiative for the ballot next year that would regulate marijuana for adults, and at least 18 states are expected to have legalization bills introduced during their 2018 legislative sessions.

Poll Says Marijuana Legalization Support Nears 60%

More Americans than ever are smoking, eating and drinking marijuana, and they now overwhelmingly support full legalization of the long-banned plant, a new study and poll show.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows 58% of American adults think marijuana should be legal, up from 51% a year ago, with just 40% believing it should remain illegal.

And the number of adults who said they’ve used marijuana sometime in the past year has doubled in the past decade, with 9.5% of adults in 2013 saying they’d used marijuana sometime in the past year, compared to 4.1% in 2001. Notable increases came among women, African-Americans, the middle-aged, and those living in the South, the study published in JAMA Psychiatry found.

More Than Four In Ten Americans Say They Have Tried Marijuana

OREGON:  As Oregon becomes the fourth state to make recreational marijuana use legal, 44% of Americans say they have tried marijuana. This is the highest percentage Gallup has found since it began asking the question in 1969. Back then, a mere 4% admitted to having tried it.

These data are based on a July 8-12 Gallup poll, which came on the heels of the latest victory for pro-marijuana legalization advocates when, on July 1, Oregon joined Colorado, Alaska, Washington and the District of Columbia in making recreational use legal.

Each time Gallup has polled on the question, Americans have become at least marginally more likely to say they have tried smoking pot, including a six-percentage-point increase in the latest poll. The changes over time may reflect either an increase in the percentage who have tried the drug, or an increased willingness to admit to having done so in the past. The latter possibility certainly seems plausible given Americans’ growing support for legalizing marijuana in recent decades.

 

Field Poll Says Californians Now Favor Marijuana Legalization

CALIFORNIA:  In a first for California, a majority of voters now favors legalization of marijuana, and most want pot regulated like alcohol, according to Field Poll results released Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The poll began asking about marijuana decriminalization in 1969. A clear majority of respondents never favored it until now. In 1969, 75 percent of Californians wanted the state’s marijuana laws strictly enforced, or even toughened.

The nonpartisan poll conducted last week for The Press-Enterprise and other California media subscribers showed 55 percent now favor legalization. The split among those was 47 percent for legalizing it with age and other controls similar to alcohol laws, while 8 percent said it should be legalized so anyone could purchase it. [Read more…]

Field Poll Says Californians Now Favor Marijuana Legalization

CALIFORNIA:  In a first for California, a majority of voters now favors legalization of marijuana, and most want pot regulated like alcohol, according to Field Poll results released Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The poll began asking about marijuana decriminalization in 1969. A clear majority of respondents never favored it until now. In 1969, 75 percent of Californians wanted the state’s marijuana laws strictly enforced, or even toughened.

The nonpartisan poll conducted last week for The Press-Enterprise and other California media subscribers showed 55 percent now favor legalization. The split among those was 47 percent for legalizing it with age and other controls similar to alcohol laws, while 8 percent said it should be legalized so anyone could purchase it. [Read more…]

Experts: Maine, Michigan Votes Another 'Green Light' For Marijuana Legalization

MAINE: Marijuana is moving on “greased tracks” toward legalization, according to the advocacy group that’s been riding the train for more than 40 years.

The reason is a stark shift in public opinion, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.  On Tuesday, Portland, Maine, followed Washington and Colorado’s lead and legalized recreational use of the drug, while the Michigan cities of Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale resoundingly voted to let people older than 21 possess an ounce of the green stuff on private property. [Read more…]

Marijuana Debate Catches Fire Among College Students

Support for marijuana legalization has reached a new high — and young adults are fueling the flames.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday revealed a majority of adults back cannabis legalization for the first time since Gallup asked the question in 1969. [Read more…]