March 9, 2021 05:12

68% Back Pot Legalization, Highest Level Ever

Sixty-eight percent of U.S. adults support the legalization of marijuana in a new Gallup survey, setting a record, The Hill reports. The finding represents a small increase from the 66 percent Gallup found in support of legalized marijuana in 2019, but is double the support in the early 2000s. The poll was conducted from Sept. 30 – Oct. 15, before voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota approved measures backing legalized recreational marijuana use. The poll also found majorities in a number of demographic subgroups support legalizing marijuana. The highest support was among adults between ages of 18-29, with 79 percent backing it. Gallup found 75 percent of those between 30 and 49 supported legalization, 60 percent among those 50-64, and 55 percent among those 65 and older.

The poll found support for legalization among varying household income brackets. Sixty-seven percent of those with a household income of less than $40,000 said they backed legalization and 68 percent of those with a household income ranging from $40,000 to $100,000 said the same. Seventy-four of those with a household income of exceeding $100,000 backed the move. There appeared to be a partisan divide, with a majority of respondents who identified as Democrats and liberals, as well as those who identified as independents and moderates, supporting legalization, while less than half of those who identified as Republicans and conservatives backed it. In Mexico, legislators, working under a court order, have until mid-December to finalize rules to make the country the world’s largest market for legal pot, the Washington Post reports. Advocates argue that legalization would put a dent in the black market; allow for safe, regulated consumption; create jobs; and reduce crime. They are waging an 11th-hour campaign to change legislation they say would favor large corporations over small businesses and family-owned farms, while doing little to address Mexico’s illegal drug trade.

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