68% Of Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana
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68% Of Adults Support Legalizing Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on November 06, 2021 at 08:15:29 PT
By Marisa Dellatto, Forbes Staff
Source: Forbes
USA -- For the second year in a row, a record-high majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll, as more states have recently passed laws allowing the drug and a $17 billion industry has sprung up around it.A record high of 68% of U.S. adults support the legalization of marijuana, according to the October survey of over 800 adults released Thursday. Thatís the same amount of people who were in favor of legalizing the drug last year.
The numbers are consistent with a Pew survey released in April that found 60% of U.S. adults believe medical and recreational use should be legal, 31% believe only medical use should be legal and 8% believe no form of use should be legal. Major political parties are still divided over the issue: While 84% of Democrats and 71% of Independents support legalization, only 50% of Republicans do, according to the Gallup report.The increases in popularity and legalization have led to a booming marijuana industry, with sales of the drug amounting to $17.5 billion in 2020, up 46% from 2019.BIG NUMBER37. Thatís how many states have legalized medical marijuana. Eighteen allow recreational use of the drug for residents over the age of 21.SURPRISING FACTOver 48.2 million people in the United States used marijuana in 2019, according to the CDC. Itís now the most commonly used drug behind alcohol and tobacco, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.KEY BACKGROUNDStates began passing laws to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana in 2012, and in 2013 a majority of Americans supported those initiatives for the first time. However, marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. Several large states recently passed laws allowing some form of use, including Virginia and New Mexico. After years of attempts, New York finally legalized recreational use of marijuana this spring. Dispensaries have yet to set up shop as the state finalizes details surrounding the law, and itís estimated that it could become a $4.2 billion industry.Source: Forbes Magazine (US)Author: Marisa Dellatto, Forbes StaffPublished: November 4, 2021Copyright: 2021 Forbes Media LLCContact: readers forbes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 06, 2021 at 19:22:35 PT
RE-legalize the plant cannabis.
Good news and increasingly getting better. I get the message.But aren't they talking about cannabis? & isn't that a God-given plant rather than a "drug"That could be confusing and biased.Biased because cannabis is the plant's respectable name and marijuana is a derogatory and perhaps racist slang term.Biased because describing the relatively safe God-given plant, (which hasn't killed a single person in thousands of years of usage) as a drug, does a disservice to the plants creator. -& adds negative connotation. The more citizens understand the truth, the sooner the insanity ends.
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