Majority of Republicans support marijuana legalization

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Overall, 64 percent of Americans support marijuana legalization, which is the highest level of support in almost 50 years.

A majority of Republicans are now in favor of marijuana legalization, a new Gallup poll released Wednesday finds.

More Americans than ever support legalizing marijuana, according to the most recent Gallup poll. Public support for marijuana legalization remained stagnant for decades until reaching 34 percent in 2001 and has steadily grown each successive year. Support was only 12% in 1969 when Gallup first started polling adults on this issue. "Despite threatening rhetoric from some Trump administration officials, Americans' support for regulating marijuana like alcohol only continues to rise year over year", said Tom Angell, founder of the cannabis advocacy group Marijuana Majority in a statement responding to the poll results.

In response to the latest numbers, the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation's largest marijuana-focused policy organization, said the increased support for legalization "makes sense".

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A man holds up a joint during a rally to support the legalization of marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 24, 2017.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, but states have been taking the matter into their own hands and voting to approve sales of medical and recreational cannabis.

A year ago - in advance of nine states voting on legalization measures, eight of which passed - Americans favored legalization at a level of 60 percent. That still lags far behind Democrats at 72 percent and Independents at 67 percent. The public's growing acceptance of cannabis contrasts with the policies of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has called for stricter enforcement against the substance. "We do know that legalization results in greater use". That's the most support that Gallup has picked up in 48 years of polling on this question.

Over half the US has legalized some form of marijuana use. "That bodes well for efforts to pass cannabis laws in more states in 2018 - both on the ballot and through state legislatures". Despite this slower pace, though, the trend toward more liberal marijuana laws and eventually nationwide legalization, seems to be fairly clear.

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