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According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 7 in 10 Americans think marijuana should be legalized – a record level of support for the plant.
Just over a week ago, a Pew poll found that 60% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical purposes, while 31% favor legalizing marijuana for purely medical purposes.
Overall, 91% of Americans were found to be in favor of some form of cannabis legalization, the highest percentage among the registered population.
A recent Quinnipiac poll of 1,237 citizens confirmed this data, showing that 70 percent of registered voters support the legalization of marijuana.
Although it is unclear whether respondents voted for cannabis legalization in general or for a specific form of cannabis (medical, recreational), this figure shows that the U.S. population is still in favor of cannabis legalization.
In addition, a similar poll from Gallup last November found that support for legalizing marijuana by 2020 reached a record high of 68%, up from 66% in previous years.
No matter how you look at it, Americans are apparently becoming more open to the legalization of marijuana.
This is likely due to a better understanding of the harms of the war on drugs, growing evidence of the medical use of marijuana for certain diseases, and the economic benefits achieved by states that have legalized cannabis for adults.
Talk about the economic benefits of legalizing marijuana: The state of Illinois recently collected $110 million with the sale of cannabis, which amounts to more than $1 billion in annual revenue for the state.
With the large number of legalizations of recreational marijuana that have taken place in various U.S. states in recent months, the case for supporting cannabis will only grow larger and more important, and we can expect support for cannabis to continue to grow accordingly.
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