General Social Survey Finds Majority Want Marijuana Legal


For First Time,  the ‘Nation’s Most Authoritative Survey’ finds that the majority of Americans support making marijuana legal.

The General Social Survey, which is “widely regarded as the single best source of data on societal trends,” according to its website, found 52 percent think marijuana should be made legal and only 42 percent think it should remain illegal.

National polls released last fall by Gallup and the Pew Research Center found similar results.

“Americans are tired of laws that punish adults for using a substance that is undeniably safer than alcohol. Hopefully their elected officials are paying attention and preparing for the inevitable. The failures of marijuana prohibition are too obvious to ignore forever, which is evidenced by the growing support for ending it, ” said Morgan Fox, communications manager for the Marijuana Policy Project.

“Marijuana has been a relatively prominent part of American culture for decades, and that’s never going to change. Either we continue to force it into the underground market or we start regulating it and treating it like other products that are legal for adults. Federal and state officials who are clinging to marijuana prohibition need to get over it and allow society to move forward.”

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