Public opinion

While much of the 20th century was characterized by federal and state laws that prohibited the sale and consumption of cannabis, the past three decades have seen a steady increase in public support for the legalization of cannabis. Whereas a mere 12 percent of the American public favored legalization in 1969, a strong majority of Americans (66 percent) now support legalizing cannabis.

Partisan differences

While there are notable differences in support of legalization depending on party affiliation, it is important to highlight that across all major political parties, the majority of people believe cannabis should be legal.

Support across nearly all age groups

Younger individuals support cannabis legalization in greater numbers than their older counterparts, but there is still widespread support for legalization across all age groups, with the exception of Americans over the age of 65. 

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