For Immediate Release
Mason Tvert, Dir. of Communications
New Pew Poll Finds Majority of Americans Now Support Making Marijuana Legal
Statement below from the nation's largest marijuana policy organization
WASHINGTON - The Pew Research Center announced today that, for the first time in its 40 years of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans (52%) support making marijuana legal. Just 45% said they think marijuana should remain illegal. Its report on the survey notes that a Gallup poll conducted in 1969 found just 12% supported making marijuana legal and 84% were opposed.
Pew's nationwide survey of 1,501 adults was conducted March 13-17. Detailed survey results are available at http://www.people-press.org/
Statement from Steve Fox, national political director for the Marijuana Policy Project:
"These results do not just represent a tipping point. With support for legalization among people under the age of 50 at close to 60 percent, this is more like the tip of the iceberg. Elected officials across the country need to listen to the people.
"Marijuana prohibition is a policy without a rational basis and without public support. It is time to regulate marijuana like alcohol so that we can generate tax revenues and focus law enforcement resources on real problems in our society."
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With more than 26,000 members and 100,000 e-mail subscribers nationwide, the Marijuana Policy Project is the largest marijuana policy reform organization in the United States. MPP believes that the best way to minimize the harm associated with marijuana is to regulate marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol. For more information, please visit http://MarijuanaPolicy.org.