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Friday, March 6, 2015

More Than Half Of Americans In Favor Of Legalization

Marijuana is on the mind of many Americans, in fact more than half. A new survey has found for the first time, more than half of Americans are in favor of marijuana legalization, The Washington Post reports.

The General Social Survey, lauded as one of the most legitimate surveys, is conducted every two years. Between March and October of 2014, the GSS conducted interviews with 1,687, they asked the respondents the question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?" Up 9 percent from 2012, fifty-two percent of the respondents were in favor of marijuana legalization, according to the article. They found that 42 percent were opposed to it, and 7 percent were undecided.

With legalization in four states, and quasi legal status in Washington D.C., many expect more states to join the pack in 2016. The success of Colorado and Washington’s programs has people in other states witnessing the billions of dollars being injected into state economies due to the high taxation on marijuana sales. Not to mention the money saved by not having to jail people for non-violent marijuana offenses.

Naturally, not everyone is thrilled about marijuana legalization, but fighting the building steam of the pro-legalization movement may be a challenge that cannot be met. The steady rise in public opinion favoring legalization, as well as the vast coffers at the disposal of legalization advocates, creates serious obstacles for those against it. The anti-legalization camp has been simply outspent across the board, the article reports.

Politically, republicans have traditionally been opposed to marijuana legalization, but it appears that the tides may be changing. A number of young republicans are now in favor of legalization, notes the article. This may be due to republicans lightening up on the drug, with the hopes of drawing the Millennial vote.

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