Gallup: Support For Legalizing Marijuana At Historic High

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director October 21, 2015

    Fifty-eight percent of Americans believe that “the use of marijuana should be made legal,” according to nationwide polling data released today by Gallup.

    The percentage ties the highest level of support ever reported by Gallup, and is more than twice the level of support reported in the mid-1990s.

    Younger Americans, Democrats and independents are the most likely to favor legalizing cannabis, while Republicans and Americans over the age of 65 are least likely to do so. Among those poll respondents age 18 to 34, 71 percent endorse legalization. Among respondents age 35 to 49 years of age, 64 percent support legalizing marijuana.


    “Americans’ support for legalizing marijuana is the highest Gallup has measured to date, at 58 percent,” pollsters concluded. “Given the patterns of support by age, that percentage should continue to grow in the future. Younger generations of Americans have been increasingly likely to favor legal use of marijuana as they entered adulthood compared with older generations of Americans when they were the same age decades ago. … Now senior citizens are alone among age groups in opposing pot legalization.

    “These trends suggest that state and local governments may come under increasing pressure to ease restrictions on marijuana use, if not go even further like the states of Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in making recreational marijuana use completely legal.”

    The 2015 Gallup poll possesses a margin of error of +/- 4 percent.

    Commenting on the latest polling data, NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said: “Supporting the status quo — the notion that marijuana and those adults who consume it responsibly ought to be criminalized — is now a fringe position in America. These results ought to embolden campaigning politicians, as well as elected officials, to take a more pronounced stance in favor of legalizing and regulating cannabis in a manner that is consistent with the desires of the majority of their constituents.”

    16 responses to “Gallup: Support For Legalizing Marijuana At Historic High”

    1. rick says:

      now if only the politicians would listen to the people. the prohibitionist are politicians who owe favors to special interests groups the police and othe groups that make money off of marajuana being illegal im 58 years old and i pray that i see marajuana legalized soon

    2. Denny Strausser Jr says:

      It is time for politicians to not only pay attention to these numbers, but to try to do something about it. If a larger majority however small, even if it were only 51 percent, it is time to rethink the Marijuana laws. Cost is second, as everything else goes up, so does the cost of The War On Drugs. (Which is mostly cannabis.) Cannabis consumers mostly do not harm another person. The majority of us, are more dangerous to a sandwich of some kind, or other food, then to another person. Once high, it’s munchies, and then perhaps a nap. The only kind of drug you’ll say yes to is more pot. And sometimes, you’ve had enough to not smoke anymore.

      The laws as they stand now are almost embarrassing, as they don’t slightly tally with the true effects of cannabis. It has been proven, that cannabis is less dangerous then Crayons. It is at least more organic then crayons.

      And then there’s also the medical applications in treating things like Cancer, which seemed un-treatable before, but with cannabis, it is possible to get hard to treat cancer to die. Types of lung cancer which is nearly impossible to treat, cannabis kills off. So it not only treats cancer, but kills it too.

      It’s benefits go on. And we find new ones all the time.

      I is just plain time, to rethink the laws.

    3. TheOracle says:

      In Pennsylvania, too.


      I sure hope the Pennsylvania legislators who have been holding closed door sessions about legalizing medical cannabis are simply waiting to see how the election goes in Ohio. I’m holding out the hope that they’ll act on the fact that western states with adult retail are merging some of the medical marijuana bureaucracy with the adult retail. They ought to just set up the infrastructure for a merged system of legal medical marijuana on a date before legal adult retail goes into effect. You have to built the first story of the building, meaning medical, before you can built the second story, meaning adult retail, on top.

      You’ve got $Kaching$ from medical to set up the offices for adult retail, and the public realizes even more how much cannabis is not the Big Bad Wolf they were being led to believe, which happens between the legalization of medical and the date adult retail goes into effect.

      Pennsylvania needs money. These politicians are a lot dumber than I thought if they don’t do something like that. I mean, they can see legalization is coming. Why put off taxing the market that already exists for it? It’s not going away. You can’t arrest your way out of it. You need to stop the money flow to the cartels. I am sick of all these shootings. It’s like every week there’s another shooting in just about any city: Philly, Allentown, Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, wherever.

      The state is broke, and prohibitionists haven’t got a way to come up with more money, so why don’t they just shut the F*** Up, and either help or get out of the way of all that money from legalization!

      Let’s have a different kind of Weed & Seed!

      Yeah, baby! Legalize it in Pennsylvania!

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      “Among those poll respondents age 18 to 34, 71 percent endorse legalization. Among respondents age 35 to 49 years of age, 64 percent support legalizing marijuana.”

      These numbers make legalization look inevitable, but I’m older. Will I be here to see it?

    5. j jones says:

      this is great news but when will the politicians listen and legalize it

    6. rick says:

      this is good news but when will the elected leaders of this country listen to the people and legalize it instead of punishing users

    7. Galileo Galilei says:

      “Now senior citizens are alone among age groups in opposing pot legalization.”

      “…the notion that marijuana and those adults who consume it responsibly ought to be criminalized — is now a fringe position in America.”

      More and more, the GOP’s strategy of appealing to the prohibitionist cultural conservatives appears to be a loser in the long run.

    8. rmacsr says:

      I’m 65 and I want it legalized.. it’s been my choice since 1967..

    9. Julian says:

      An “Historic” High?
      Nice soundbite Paul.
      I just had a visual of a very peaceful city street with lawyers at cafes and joggers toking away on vaporizers while jubilant bakers hand out medibles… Oh, that was Denver.
      I wonder what our ancestors would think of these polls when they were building our homes with hemp?

    10. Miles says:

      We all need to vote only for those who have enough sense and compassion to do away with the idiotic prohibitionist laws that were put in place to oppress those who they did not like; Mexicans and Blacks and when Nixon came along it was the hippies…

      It’s just stupid to continue this idiocy into this century. There are people from every corner using marijuana, now or in their past, and that includes Congressmen, Senators, Governors, and the last couple of Presidents of the United States; not to mention the current president…

      How much longer???

      The majority of the people in this country now realize the laws are based on lies, greed, and racism. The majority want marijuana to be legal. And still, there are holdouts who are on the fringe of society that just won’t let go; Like Santorum and Christie to name a couple… They are a stain on this country!