What’s more, a slim majority of Republicans for the first time believes weed use should be legal
America’s love affair with weed is at an all-time high.
About 64% now support legalizing marijuana, a recent Gallup report shows — a record level of support in the polling company’s nearly 50 years of data collection. What’s more, a slim majority of Republicans for the first time believes weed use should be legal.
The buzz around pot was decidedly weaker in 1969, when only 12% of Americans approved of legalizing it. By the late ’70s, that number had doubled — but stagnated around one-quarter through the late ’90s. Support rose to 34% in 2001 and continued its upward trend, with majority support reigning since 2013. Last year, 60% of respondents gave the green light.
The 51% of pro-legalization GOPers in the present poll, conducted Oct. 5 to 11 with a sample of 1,028 adults, is a nine-point spike from last year. Democrats’ support crossed the majority threshold in 2009, and independents’ did a year later.
The buzz around legalizing weed has reached record levels, with 64% support https://t.co/8Nt7dAcgc1
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While still outlawed federally, marijuana enjoys legal status for recreational use in eight states and Washington, D.C., for those 21 and over. Meanwhile, 29 states and D.C. have enacted medical marijuana programs, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in August introduced ambitious legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level, expunge federal marijuana convictions and incentivize states to legalize themselves.
The green makes green: The legal cannabis market was worth about $6.6 billion in 2016, per the New Frontier Data research firm, and is forecast to top $24 billion by 2025. The medical marijuana market, which totaled $4.7 billion in 2016, is slated to reach $13.3 billion over the next eight years.
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