A recent Pew Research Center survey shows that 62% of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana – that’s six out of 10 Americans.
The percentage is twice what it was in the year 2000, when only 31% of Americans said it was okay to legalize pot.
Most of the support came from the younger generation. 74% of millennials, 63% of Gen X, and 54% of Baby Boomers supported the change.
The Silent Generation was the least supportive with only 39% in favor of the
decriminalization of marijuana. However, they are more supportive now than they were last year.
69% of Democrats and 75% of independents who lean toward the Democratic party voted in favor of marijuana legalization.
Republicans were less supportive with only 45% in favour of legalizing marijuana. However, the good news is that the percentage of Republicans who favor the legalization increased 10% from 2015.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, nine states and the District of Columbia have already legalized marijuana for recreational use. 31 states have legalized it for medical use. However, marijuana remains illegal in the country under federal law.
The number of states that have legalized cannabis may increase soon as the country becomes more accepting of the change.
News source: Pew Research