A new poll shows that support for the legalization of marijuana in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The survey found that 68% of voters now support legalizing cannabis. Research firm GBA Strategies conducted the online poll of 1,000 registered voters between April 25 and May 1. The Center for American Progress (CAP) commissioned the study and then released the results on Wednesday.
Ed Chung is the vice president of Criminal Justice Reform at CAP. He said that the poll’s results are a signal to federal lawmakers, noting that state and local jurisdictions have already led the way.
“This finding of widespread, bipartisan national support for marijuana legalization is important as Congress begins to take initial steps in this arena,” said Chung. “There is clear overwhelming public support for marijuana legalization, and cities and states across the country are taking action. It is time for a national effort to catch up with legislation to liberalize outdated marijuana policies.”
The poll also found support for cannabis legalization by a majority of all major demographic groups. By political affiliation, 77 percent of Democrats favor legalization, while 57 percent of Republicans do. Support by independent voters was lowest at 62 percent. Among African-Americans,