In New Survey, 84% Of Americans Think Marijuana Should Be Legal

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"In this case, the laws are well behind public opinion." -Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy

According to The Hill, a new Hill-HarrisX poll revealed that 84 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana.

Forty-two percent of people said that weed should be legal for any use while the same percentage said it should be legal for medicinal reasons. Now, cannabis is legal for recreational use in 10 states and for medicinal purposes in 23 states. It is completely illegal in only 17 states.

The decriminalization of marijuana displays how public opinion is ahead of the opinions of the political elite.

Harry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy said: "The younger you are, the more likely you are to favor it and it's just a matter of time before public opinion finally works its way and marijuana use is generally legalized. In this case, the laws are well behind public opinion."

Across ethnicities, respondents overwhelmingly supported legalization. Across age groups, the majority supported decriminalization. Voters between the ages of 35 and 49 were the most supportive of legalizing marijuana for any purpose. Among voters aged 50 to 64, only 14 percent of respondents thought marijuana sales should be illegal.

43 percent of voters between 18 and 34 think marijuana should be legal for any purpose. 23 percent of this age group think that some sort of criminalization should remain.

52 percent of Republicans said marijuana should be legal for medical reasons and 24 percent said it should be legal for any use. 53 percent of Democrats said it should be legal for any use while 36 percent said it should be legal for medical use only.

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