US Inching Toward Majority Support for Legalization of Cannabis

Re: U.S. Support for Legalizing Marijuana Reaches New High

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PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup’s October Crime poll finds 44% of Americans in favor of making marijuana legal and 54% opposed. U.S. public support for legalizing marijuana was fixed in the 25% range from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s, but acceptance jumped to 31% in 2000 and has continued to grow throughout this decade.

Note that this is legalization, not decriminalization. If the trend continues, majority support could be reached as soon as 2012.