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Gallup poll: Majority favors legalizing marijuana

According to the Gallup organization’s latest poll:

“A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year. Forty-six percent say marijuana use should remain illegal.”

The story features an interesting graph that shows the relatively consistent, decades-long growth in pro-legalization attitudes. It doesn’t look like a trend that will reverse anytime soon.

As to what’s driving the trend, the Gallup story offers no specific theory. One has to wonder, though, if (especially in the past year as pro-legalization views have spiked) it might not be a byproduct of the nation’s collective contemplation of this grim reality.

4 Comments

  1. Cortland

    October 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Haha are you guys suggesting people want to get high because of GOP bigotry? @cortlanderson

  2. Cris Ericson

    October 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Please! Hurry & click & sign petition
    http://wh.gov/gP1
    (case sensitive with an upper case capitol P)
    to END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION
    at the WHITE HOUSE now! deadline Oct. 22
    President Obama allows Adults and children
    age 13 and up to sign this petition:
    Demand an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
    to End Marijuana, Marihuana, Cannabis and
    Hemp Prohibition http://wh.gov/gP1

  3. david esmay

    October 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Grow it, tax it, just like corn and soybeans, why should the cartels get all the money.

  4. Carolina Cannabis Coalition

    October 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

    after all, it is North Carolinas #1 ‘dont ask, dont tell’ cash crop. Even Steve Troxler knows this.