Marijuana legalization is on the rise. After first being fully legalized in Colorado and Washington, other states like Alaska and Oregon were quick to follow. So what does the average American think about legalization? Well, the answer may not be what you thought.
Some Tight Numbers
Though the majority of Americans support pot legalization, it is a narrow win. 52% of Americans believe that the plant should not be illegal, which is just barely over the halfway mark.
However, in this case, that does not mean that the remaining 48% are against it, either. According to YouGov.com, only 34% oppose it.
Who Supports It?
The majority of those under the age of 65 support the legalization of cannabis. Astoundingly, the majority of everyone in three different major age gaps were for marijuana legalization: those from the ages of 18-29, 30-44, and 45-64.
The support was across the board in all three age groups.
Democrats are the most supportive political party with an approval rating of 66%. With a 51% approval rating, those that identify as Independent also support legalization.
Who Opposes It?
Sadly, the majority of those over the age of 65 are not for marijuana legalization. In fact, 49% of those within the age bracket oppose it, while only 39% support it.
Republicans strongly oppose marijuana legalization, with only a 36% approval rating.
The Cost of Law Enforcement
Although not everyone is for fully legalizing cannabis, most people do not think that we handle marijuana-related arrests correctly. Locking up our fellow Americans for pot cost an astounding estimate of $3.6 billion in the year 2010 alone. Some estimate the cost may be as high as $6 billion.
82% of those supporting marijuana legalization believe that the efforts cost too much, while 42% of those that are opposed agree with them.
Breaking a Stereotype
It is often believed that most Americans are against the legalization of cannabis, but recent numbers have proven that to be untrue. History is being made in the mountains, from Alaska to Colorado, as they have fully legalized recreational cannabis with positive results. The numbers are changing, and America is too. We can only hope we will see the end of prohibition in the foreseeable future.