Marijuana legalization support at highest level in 47 years ahead of nine states’ votes, Gallup says

More Americans want to see marijuana use legal now than ever before, according to the research firm Gallup.

A 2010 pro-marijuana celebration at University of Colorado Boulder.  (Zach Dischner/Flickr)
A 2010 pro-marijuana celebration at University of Colorado Boulder. (Zach Dischner/Flickr)
A 2010 pro-marijuana celebration at the University of Colorado Boulder. (Zach Dischner/Flickr)

More Americans want to see marijuana use legal now than ever before, according to the research firm Gallup.

Sixty percent of Americans support legalization, according to a poll Gallup released Wednesday. The poll shows support is at its highest level since Gallup started asking about legalization in 1969.

“In 2013, support for legalization reached a majority for the first time after Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Since then, a majority of Americans have continued to say they think the use of marijuana should be made legal,” the poll states.

Five states will vote in November on joining Colorado and making cannabis OK for recreational use. Another four are weighing make medical marijuana use legal and Montana is considering expanding access to medical marijuana after legislative restrictions reportedly “made the law nearly impossible to work.”

 Source: National Conference of State Legislatures' list of comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs. (Adrian D. Garcia/Denverite)

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Adrian D. Garcia covers business and trends for Denverite. He's covered business for The Fort Collins Coloradoan and serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.