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Support for marijuana legalization hits new all-time high (get it?)

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Increased support for legalization coincides with the increased legality of marijuana throughout America in statewide ballot measures, according to Gallup.

A new Gallup poll found that 64 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana.

Democrats have historically supported legalizing marijuana and became the first partisan group to see majority support for the matter in 2009, Gallup said. Public support for marijuana legalization remained stagnant for decades until reaching 34 percent in 2001 and has steadily grown each successive year. Just a year ago, only 42 percent of GOP members surveyed said they supported legalization.

This year's national survey shows the greatest approval for ending marijuana prohibition in the history of the study, and the first time that a majority of those who identify as Republicans support making marijuana legal (51%).

During that same period of time we've seen a growing number of states changing their laws to reflect the changes in public opinion and to reflect the reality that increasing evidence has shown that marijuana is not almost as harmful as other illegal drugs such as cocaine or heroin, that contrary to popular myth it is not physically addictive, and that it is in many respect less harmful than legal substances such as alcohol and nicotine.

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"Americans are exhausted of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol", said Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. And considering support among Republicans increased by nine percent in one year, you can imagine that number will continue to grow at a quick rate going forward.

Past year - in advance of nine states voting on legalization measures, eight of which passed - Americans favored legalization at a level of 60 percent.

"Instead of wasting limited law enforcement resources trying to stop successful state-level legalization initiatives, USA officials should listen to the clear, bipartisan message the public is sending them, and support federal marijuana reform as well", she added. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked lawmakers to undo federal protections for medical marijuana, repeatedly calling it a "dangerous drug".

Over half the USA has legalized some form of marijuana use. Sessions could have an uphill battle in shoring up support for his anti-marijuana crusade if he cannot even count on his own party.

The federal government considers marijuana a Schedule 1 substance with no known medical benefits, but the Trump administration has refrained so far from interfering in states with medical and recreational marijuana laws in place.



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