In the United States, new polling reveals a record number of Americans are now in favor of legalizing cannabis. An Oct. 5-11 Gallup poll found that 64% of Americans now support adult-use legalization, which is "the highest level of public support Gallup has found for the proposal in nearly a half-century of measurement," according to the data firm.
Gallup's most recent poll was also significant for another reason. According to the analysis:
Democrats and independents have historically been much more likely than Republicans to say marijuana should be legalized. In 2009, Democrats were the first partisan group to see majority support for legalization, followed by independents in 2010.
This year for the first time, a majority of Republicans express support for legalizing marijuana; the current 51% is up nine percentage points from last year.
Cannabis is a mainstream product consumed by mainstream people, and with legal medical or adult-use cannabis now available in some form in most U.S. states, the movement to end prohibition is only continuing to gain momentum. Read Gallup's full analysis here.