Support for Legalizing Pot Hits an All-Time High

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For the third year in a row, a record number of Americans favor legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll that shows about 66 percent of people — two in three — support legalization.

In 1969, the first year the poll was taken, just 12 percent of Americans favored legalization. Support for legalizing marijuana has been trending steadily upward since 2000, and first reached a majority in 2013. On October 17, 2018, Canada joined Uruguay to become the second country in the world to legalize marijuana nationwide.

According to polls conducted by Gallup in 2017 and 2018, support for legalization is now about even throughout the U.S. Although recreational pot is not permitted in any Midwestern or Southern states, some allow the use of medical marijuana. Current regional support on legalization is as follows:

  • East: 67 percent
  • Midwest: 65 percent
  • South: 65 percent
  • West: 65 percent

Sourced from: Gallup