The marijuana majority emerges
Today is a green letter day for drug policy reformers.
According to an Angus Reid poll, 53 percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana. A further 68 percent of respondents said that the war on drugs has been a “failure.”
The poll represents a significant leap from an October Gallup poll which found 44 percent in favor of legalization. That’s a nine percent swing in under two months.
While it’s certainly possible the two polling firms’ sampling methodologies would tend to produce differing results, such a disparity is hard to ignore.
It’s not as if a rapid change in favor of legalization is without precedent, according to Gallup’s data. From 2006-2009, support for freeing the weed went up eight percent, from 36 to 44 percent. That rate of opinion growth is faster than any other time since the war on weed was launched. Faster than any time, it seems, but the last two months.
Perhaps a sampling of our own is in order. Care to (anonymously) declare where you stand on pot?