While much of the 20th century was characterized by prohibition of the possession, consumption, and sale of cannabis, the past three decades have seen a steady increase in public support for the legalization and/or decriminalization of cannabis. Whereas a mere 12 percent of the American public favored legalization in 1969, a strong majority of Americans (68 percent) now support legalizing cannabis.
Partisan Differences (2021)
While there are notable differences in support of legalization depending on party affiliation, it is important to highlight that 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.
To learn more, check out our public opinion factsheet.
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