Marijuana Milestone: Most Favor Legalization
In Gallup poll, 58% of Americans say pot should be legal
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
Marijuana plants at a cooperative in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Congratulations, advocates of legal marijuana: You are now mainstream America. The latest poll from Gallup says that 58% of Americans favor legalization, the first time a clear majority has backed the idea. The drip-drip-drip of news stories about victories in states such as Colorado and Washington seems to have helped shift opinion, says Gallup, particularly among people who consider themselves political independents.

A year ago, 50% in that camp favored legalization, but the figure has now jumped to 62%. Democrats (65%) and Republicans (35%) remained pretty much unchanged. Business Insider finds the 58% rating remarkable "because, these days, it's hard to find much of anything that 58% of Americans like." Josh Barro went through other Gallup polls this year and found only two things with a higher percentage of support: universal background checks for guns (83%) and legal sex for gay couples (64%).

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Oct 24, 2013 1:52 PM CDT
I see 80% of Americans approving marijuana use very soon.... very soon!!! The government will have to relent.
Oct 23, 2013 11:07 AM CDT
This is news? Umm I think favoritism has been in place for a long time, its the fat, mindless hogs in politics/ government that profit from war on drugs that have to be beaten.. which will never happen in our lifetime. Please lets focus on some poor black child crying "black" again for his crimes he willing committed... thank you.
Oct 23, 2013 9:34 AM CDT
Ever tried this stuff ? forget it