A recent poll conducted by Pew Research Center shows that 62 percent of all Americans want cannabis to be legalized. The findings are in line with previous polls which have been showing an increase in the number of citizens who favor marijuana legalization.
A total of 1,754 adults were interviewed by phone and their responses showed the highest support for decriminalization since Pew Research Center started conducting yearly polls about the sentiments of citizens regarding marijuana.
This increased support may have been fueled by the legalization of pot in several states as well as D.C.
However, the rate at which support for cannabis legalization is growing seems to have hit a plateau since the recent polls show modest increases in support. Last year, the figure stood at 61 percent, meaning that support has grown since then by one percentage point in 2018.
Political affiliation seems to play a role in people’s attitudes towards marijuana legalization. The poll discovered that Democrats are more likely to favor decriminalization when compared to Republicans. Roughly 69 percent of the Democrats polled in the study supported legalization, while only 45 percent of the Republicans expressed a similar sentiment.
It isn’t therefore surprising that Trump’s Republican government set up a secret committee to collect negative information about marijuana in order to portray it has a danger to the nation.
However, the tide is also turning among Republicans as well. For example, Republicans in Texas expressed their support for the removal of custodial sentences for adults found in possession of small amounts of marijuana. The nearly five in 10 Republicans who supported marijuana legalization in this study are an increase from the 39 percent who were in favor of legalization in 2015.
The study also revealed that age may be a factor when matters of marijuana legalization arise. For example, nearly three-quarters of all Millennials polled supported legalization while just over half of the Baby Boomers supported decriminalization. Not surprisingly, those aged 76-93 had the least support for marijuana legalization with only 39 percent saying it was time to get cannabis off the list of contraband substances. The older one is, the less likely that person may be to support marijuana legalization.
If these statistics are anything to go by, the federal government is likely to have its hand forced once most states make it legal to use cannabis either for medical or recreational purposes. The process is already underway in several states, so 2019 is likely to see a higher number of states where marijuana is legal. The Flowr Corporation (TSX.V: FLWR) and The Green Organic Dutchman (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF) must be waiting for that day when the entire U.S. market will be opened to them.
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