Support for marijuana legalization has never been higher.
A whopping 61% of Americans think marijuana should be legal, according to a CBS poll released Thursday.
That marks a five-per cent increase over last year and the highest percentage ever recorded since CBS began asking the question. Back in 1979, 69% of Americans opposed marijuana legalization.
The US’s growing approval of marijuana could reflect a jump in the amount of Americans who say they have actually tried smoking, vaporizing, or eating marijuana.
In 1997, 34% of Americans reported trying it. Twenty years later, in 2017, 50% of Americans said they have tried it. CBS notes that support for marijuana legalization is particularly strong among the under-35 crowd.
Further, 71% of Americans oppose a federal crackdown on state-legal marijuana, with a relatively even split between Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.
And, despite what Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a staunch opponent of marijuana, says — only 23% of Americans think legalizing marijuana would increase violent crime.
Recreational marijuana is legal in eight states, though it’s still illegal at the federal level.
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