According to a survey released by Gallop on Wednesday, two-thirds (66%) of all Americans are in favor of legalizing marijuana. This shows that the support for marijuana policy reforms has not dwindled in the face of the vaping-related injuries outbreak despite the opponents investing their efforts to pin this on marijuana legalization.
Gallup has been polling on marijuana legalization since 1969, and in 2005 the support was at 36%.
In the analysis of the latest figures, Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones wrote that the states’ and public opinion have increasing become pro-marijuana.
In the U.S, 11 states have legalized marijuana for recreational use while others plans on doing it during the 2020 legislative sessions. Others are opting to refer the matter to voters during the coming elections.
Jones further wrote that when supporters of marijuana legalization are based on gender, education, income, region, urban or rural, the difference is insignificant because 60% to 70% of them are in favor of legalization. However, the difference is significant across party lines with 51% of Republicans and 76% of Democrats in favor, while 68% of independents also favor the reforms.
All key Democrats except former Vice President Joe Biden are in support of marijuana legalization.
Although it is still unclear if President Donald Trump prefers federal legalization laws, he seems to be for the states to set their own marijuana policies, said Gallup.
Trump has openly said that if a bill is introduced paving way for states to be allowed to enact their cannabis laws without federal interference, he will sign it into law.
According to the new survey by Gallup, the majority of Americans irrespective of the age (as long as you are under 65) support legalization while 49% are opposed.
The overwhelming support of 81% for marijuana legalization is by Americans under the age of 30.
Gallup found that the majority of racial and ethnic groups are in favor of legalization; however, less support is noticed in the Hispanics.
Gallup’s recent survey, which included 1,526 adults, was conducted amidst daily news and health bulletins of hundreds of people suffering from a lung-related injuries linked to vaping cannabis products.
Rep. Andy Harris and Smart Approach to Marijuana, which is a prohibitionist organization, argue that the states and the advocates for legalization should slow down on the push for the reforms in the face of the recent outbreaks.
Only a handful of people affected got the vaping products from licensed dispensaries; most of those affected purchased from the illegal market.
Despite the several warnings and the negative press, the majority of the Americans are still in support of legalization and regulated sales of marijuana, said Justin Strekal, the NORML Political Director. He further added that it is imperative to end prohibition and adopt best practices for the regulatory authorities to oversee a thriving consumer marketplace.
In conclusion, Gallup wrote that there is a probability that the support for legalization will continue to expand in the years ahead due to generational differences.
Cannabis industry watchers believe that companies like Green Growth Brands Inc. (CSE: GGB) (OTCQB: GGBXF) and HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) agree with Gallup and see support for legalization soaring in the coming months.
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