Support for marijuana legalization reaches record high: Gallup poll

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The survey, which reached more than 1,000 U.S. adults from October 5 to 11, found that 64 percent of adults now back marijuana legalization.

The latest Gallup poll finds record public support for legalizing marijuana, including a majority of Republicans for the first time in the half a century the organization has been asking the question. But a new Gallup poll did reveal a somewhat surprising demographic supports marijuana legalization more than ever: Republicans. Just past year, only 42 percent of GOP members surveyed said they supported legalization. Support increased precipitously in the next decade. So far, the states that have legalized marijuana have been pretty liberal states (California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, etc.). A majority of Democrats supported it for the first time in 2009, a figure that rose to 72 percent this year.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, but states have been taking the matter into their own hands and voting to approve sales of medical and recreational cannabis.

Of course, we're all ignoring the more interesting point here - that, between 2016 and 2017, Republicans polled by Gallup on legalizing marijuana jumped "up nine percentage points". Gallup attributes the growing consensus to "efforts to legalize marijuana at the state level" and the success that followed.

Another poll, released earlier today by Sacred Heart University, found that 71% of CT residents support legalizing and taxing cannabis for adult use. A year ago support was 28 points, or 67 percent, higher among Democrats.

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"Americans are exhausted of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol", said Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project.

Legal marijuana now has equal support to gay marriage among Americans, Gallup notes.

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

Tom Angell, founder of Marijuana Majority, a cannabis advocacy group, told Business Insider in a statement that it would be "politically disastrous", for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to initiate a crackdown on state-legal marijuana businesses.