Public Support for Legalizing Marijuana Continues to Surge

Gallup has documented a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana in the past decade, from 44% in 2009 to 64% in the current survey.

Public support for legalizing marijuana has surged.   

Gallup has documented a sharp increase in the percentage of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana in the past decade, from 44% in 2009 to 64% in the current survey. Gallup has measured support as high as 66% in an October 2018 update. In 1969, the first time Gallup polled on the issue, just 12% were in favor of legalizing marijuana.

A Gallup poll last year found that 86% of U.S. supporters of legal marijuana say that its medicinal benefits are a very important reason they support legalization. Opponents most often point to its threat to driver safety. The roughly one-third of Americans who oppose legalization were asked to say how important each of six factors is to their position on the issue. Foremost among these is the possibility of increased car accidents involving drivers who use marijuana — 79% say this is a very important reason they oppose legalizing the drug. Additionally, at least six in 10 opponents’ rate this other factor as an important reason behind their objections: the possibility that marijuana users would try stronger and more addictive drugs.

Implications

The trends in public policy are increasingly tracking trends in public opinion on the issue. This could lead to a day when marijuana use is legal nationwide. The most compelling reason for legalization, according to those who hold that position, is the help it gives to those who use it for medicinal purposes. Also, supporters tend to point to the possible benefits legal marijuana would have in connection with removing a law enforcement issue and with increasing personal freedom.

You can find out more here: https://news.gallup.com/poll/258149/medical-aid-top-reason-why-legal-marijuana-favored.aspx. Our mission at Impairment Science, Inc is to protect people from harm when driving  or on the job by providing a fast, easy, and inexpensive app that tests for impairment.

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