For The First Time Ever, The Majority Of Republicans Support Legalizing Marijuana

Kristen Gonzales
October 26, 2017

According to Forbes, around two out of three Americans say they support legalizing marijuana.

A new Gallup poll shows growing support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of the measure. Gallup found that 51 percent of Republicans questioned support marijuana legalization.

In 1969 when tracking began, 12 percent supported legalizing the drug, according to Gallup.

"It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing", said Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project.

And let's face it, Donald Trump is so desperate for support amongst his Republican base that if it becomes clear that they all support marijuana legalization, he'll jump on it as well to keep the few people who still respect him. Recreational marijuana has since been legalized in a total of eight states and D.C., including five where adults can purchase marijuana from government-regulated retail dispensaries: Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada and Washington state.

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"Instead of wasting limited law enforcement resources trying to stop successful state-level legalization initiatives, U.S. officials should listen to the clear, bipartisan message the public is sending them, and support federal marijuana reform as well", she added. And considering support among Republicans increased by nine percent in one year, you can imagine that number will continue to grow at a quick rate going forward.

But greater support for legalization could complicate any administration efforts to crack down on pot. While it's true that this increase in support for legalization has not led to the same rapid changes in the law we saw when it came to marriage equality, much of that can be attributed to the differences in how those laws can be changed.

Overall support for legalization has been rising since the mid-1980s, but the upward trend has accelerated in recent years as more and more states have moved away from prohibition.

Activists from within the marijuana-legalization community celebrated the poll results.

The Trump administration's Department of Justice (DOJ) is now reviewing a policy from the Obama administration that discouraged federal law enforcement from interfering in state marijuana laws as long as they followed a certain criteria.

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