Yesterday citizens in the states of Washington and Colorado decisively voted to legalize and regulate all use of cannabis for people over 21 years of age; Massachusetts also approved medical marijuana. Across our country younger generations overwhelmingly voted for sensible cannabis reforms, while exit polls indicate that senior citizens opposed the measures by a two to one margin.
Much like increasing support for marriage equality, voters under 40 and in the West are far more likely to agree that cannabis prohibition is unnecessary. Support for legalizing marijuana continues to be inversely proportional to age, ranging from 62% approval among those 18 to 29, then falling down to 31% among voters over 65.
Support for Legal Marijuana Increasing
When polling groups first asked the public about cannabis legalization back in 1969, only 12% of people were in favor of it. Last year a Gallup survey found that 70% of our country approves of medical weed, and 50% of the public supports the complete legalization of pot for adults.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. More than 16.7 million people in this country over the age of 12 had used cannabis at least once in the month prior to being surveyed. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws states that marijuana is the third-most-popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco. Is a federal repeal of marijuana prohibition in our near future?