How Marijuana Legalizers Are Winning The Battle For Hearts And Minds

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Marijuana legalizers are winning the battle for hearts and minds.

That’s one takeaway from a new Pew Research Center survey on public attitudes toward marijuana legalization. The survey found that 53 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, consistent with what other major studies have shown.

But in an interesting follow-up, Pew researchers asked whether people had always held these attitudes toward legalization, or whether there was a time they had felt differently. The results are telling: roughly 40 percent of legalization supporters said they used to feel differently. By contrast, only 16 percent of opponents said the same.