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Gallup: 60% of Americans Now Support Legal Marijuana

Oct 19, 2016

Gallup: 60% of Americans Now Support Legal Marijuana

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Contact: Violet Cavendish

New Gallup Poll Finds Support for Making Marijuana Legal in U.S. Has Reached Record High of 60%

Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada — have begun voting on initiatives to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use

Statement below from the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization

WASHINGTON — A new Gallup poll released Wednesday shows support for making marijuana legal in the U.S. has reached a record high of 60%, up from 58% last year and 50% in 2011.

A national poll released last week by the Pew Research Center also found support is growing, with 57% of Americans saying they think the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 53% last year.

The news comes as voters in five states begin to vote on ballot initiatives to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use. Early voting began this week in Massachusetts and Nevada, and it began last week in Arizona, California, and Maine.

Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project:

“Three out of five Americans are ready to end prohibition and adopt a more sensible marijuana policy. Support for making marijuana legal increased among all age groups, from college freshmen to senior citizens. Marijuana is significantly less harmful than alcohol for society. It should come as little surprise that a growing majority of our society wants it to be treated that way.

“Over the past four years, this increase in public support nationwide has manifested itself in major state-level policy changes. Four states and our nation’s capital have voted to make marijuana legal for adults, and five more could do the same in just a few weeks. In several states where ballot measures aren’t an option, legislatures are taking a closer look at this issue than ever before. When it comes to ending marijuana prohibition, the writing is not just on the wall, but also on state ballots and bills throughout the country.”


Founded in 1995, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the nation’s leading cannabis policy reform organization. MPP has played a central role in passing dozens of cannabis policy reforms in states across the country, including 10 successful cannabis legalization campaigns, and also works to advance federal reforms.

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