In the survey released Wednesday, 64 percent of Americans favor making marijuana legal ― up four percentage points from last year and 52 points from 1969, when Gallup began taking the public pulse on the issue.
In another first for the poll, a majority of Republicans ― 51 percent ― back legalizing marijuana, an increase of nine percentage points from the 2016 survey. Majorities of Democrats and independents have supported legalization since 2008 and 2010, respectively.
The polling numbers are “extraordinarily important,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a longtime legalization advocate who has introduced several measures seeking to curtail the federal government’s continued ban of the plant.
Describing the legalization movement as a case study of how people have taken this issue into their own hands, in defiance of the federal laws, he predicted that “this controversy will be over in less than five years.”
Even as marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled