Most Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

Many adults in the United States are willing to legalize marijuana, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 53 per cent of respondents support this notion, while 43 per cent are opposed.

Less than 10 per cent of respondents support the legalization of other drugs, such as ecstasy, powder cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine or “crystal meth” and crack cocaine.

The use of marijuana is illegal in the U.S. except in some regulated cases of medical use. The amount allowed for such purposes varies depending on the state. Some states have passed laws to reduce law enforcement for possession of small amounts of the substance.

In May, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, ruled out a push to legalize marijuana, adding, “I’ve never advocated legalization and certainly the president has made it clear that’s his position.”

Polling Data

Do you support or oppose the legalization of each of the following drugs?



Not sure









Powder cocaine








Methamphetamine or “crystal meth”




Crack cocaine




Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,004 American voters, conducted on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 2009. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)

– Article from Angus Reid Global Monitor.



  1. Anonymous on

    Marc Emery wants all drugs legalized

  2. Samson on

    Ahhh, but!!……every time you eat bread your body also gains whatever water is in the bread…….are my words not correct???

  3. Anonymous on

    May I remind everyone that you are on “Cannabis culture” web site.If this site is about legalizing all drugs maybe it should have been named more appropriately “Drug Culture” and I’m not quite sure
    it would have attracted the same sympathy from the public.The poll clearly shows that marijuana is the one drug attracting most sympathy from the public.
    I also dont recall hearing Marc Emery ever talking about heroin legalization…this says it all…

  4. Justin on

    Well that’s a bit selfish.

    The reason I believe it should be legal is because it will make the world a much better place. It will help the collective human conscious rise above the egoic mind and achieve peace.

    We don’t have to cut down trees, pollute our waterways with pesticides and plastics and chemical shit, use leaded petrol or eat fake, shitty food. We don’t have to go to war and kill other humans, we don’t have to be addicted to the shit our governments shove down our throats and we definitely don’t need to suffer from cancer or any age-related illnesses.

    BUT unfortunately money was much more important than world peace for our ‘leaders’. Thankfully we as a part of the human race are moving toward a higher level of consciousness and people are starting to wake up.

    The laws of the worlds most beneficial plant should be a concern to everyone on this planet.

  5. Anonymous on

    the only reason i even give a shit about these fuckin marijuana laws is because it affects ME

    dont flatter yourself into thinking i give a shit about you all. if it doesnt affect me i could give a fuck less whether its legal or illegal

  6. Anonymous on

    you idiots seem to have this belief that if other drugs are legal then it’ll be available to everyone and everyone would start using it.

    news flash, they ARE available to everyone and people DO use it right NOW. its called going to the drug dealer.

    legalize ALL drugs and regulate it, dumb asses

  7. Anonymous on

    I have never seen a person go berserk because they took cough syrup. I have never heard of a person who used cough syrup complaining of bugs crawling under their skin. I have never heard of cough syrup user’s teeth falling out. Take a good look at Amy Winehouse (before and after pictures were previously published in People Magazine) if you want a snap shot of what crystal meth does to people. It actually changes their appearance quite noticeably. Crystal meth users look like “zombies” from a B-grade horror flick. You will never convince me that crystal meth should be legal. Nor will you ever convince me that there is no difference between cough syrup and crystal meth. I have seen too much with my own eyes.

    I have never seen any similar results (bugs under the skin, violent psychosis, teeth falling out) with marijuana. This, I support the legalization of marijuana but not of other drugs. Although i don’t think alcohol should be prohibited, I do believe we need much tougher laws against alcohol when it is used in connection with criminal activity like spousal assault, common assault, driving while impaired, and negligent homicide etc.

  8. Anonymous on

    Idiot or not , got you talkin didnt I, and yes parts of cough syrp is based on meth, with one molecule removed.

  9. Anonymous on

    You’re an idiot. Just because cough syrup is an ingredient in meth, doesn’t mean drinking cough syrup is akin to taking meth.

    that’s like saying because water is used to make bread, every time you drink water you’re getting fiber and carbs.

  10. Anonymous on

    Its amazing to me how little people know. Only 6% favor legalizing methamphetamine when it has some of the same main ingrediants in everyones cough medicine.So in essence your drinking meth for a cough.

    Hummm… wake up folks!

  11. R.O.E. on

    Here in the US , the peoples voice doesnt seem to carry any weight any more. Just look at this health care issuse. The majoroity of Americans dont want it but congress is doing its best to shove it down our throats, I feel the same will happen to cap and tax. So why would they care if a majority of Americans want this weed legal.

    Freedom is an illusion.

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    From Benito Mussolini
    “London Sunday Express,” December 8, 1935

  12. Brian Kerr on

    All drugs should be legalized.

    Cannabis Now. It is really a no-brainer, we can grow our own.

    Decriminalize all others until they can be studied for regulation and then legalized later.

    Want a peaceful world or continuous Drug War ?

  13. Dan-o on

    61 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of Independents and 43 percent of Republicans support legalizing cannabis. Is this the issue that we can finally agree on?

  14. slade420 on

    looking at the numbers, there seems to be a strong consensus on the legal status of all other drugs besides marijuana. This is a very good issue to create dialog with people who support marijuana prohibition. Show them that poll without marijuana in it, and maybe they’ll realize i agree with the marijuana user on all other drugs. what would a right winger do if a pot smoker started to agree with them on all the other drugs.