The Vast Majority of Americans Support Cannabis Legalization

Fewer than ten percent of respondents to a recent Pew poll said that no form of cannabis should be illegal in the United States.

The past few months have been very productive for the U.S. cannabis industry, with New York, Virginia, and New Jersey having recently legalized the plant for recreational purposes, with New Mexico looking poised to follow.

Additionally, Illinois brought in over $110M in adult-use cannabis sales for the month of March, and Colorado generated $167M in February.

It's safe to say the momentum surrounding the cannabis industry continues to grow, and a recent Pew Poll has further confirmed this.

Pew Poll Marijuana

The poll found that 60% of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal for both medical and recreational use, 31% believe the plant should purely be legal for medical purposes, and just 8% believe that marijuana should be illegal in its entirety.

The recent poll which was conducted in early April varies slightly from other polls regarding cannabis legalization, such as a Gallop poll conducted in November 2020 that found 68% of adults favored cannabis legalization.

The Gallop polling question differed somewhat from Pew poll's question, given that Gallop didn't specify whether medical or recreational cannabis should be legal, but rather just whether the plant should be legal in general.

Similarly, a study published last September in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that the cannabis usage rate for baby boomers in the US has risen considerably over the last several years.

An increasing number of U.S. states have legalized recreational cannabis use for adults, and a growing number of citizens both favor legalization and consume cannabis themselves.

With all of this in mind, and as the Democrats now hold all channels of power in the U.S. Government, including the Presidency, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, the likelihood of federal legalization of cannabis in the United States continues to grow.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.