For the first time since Gallup started asking Americans if marijuana should be legal, 50% say yes, while 46% say no. In addition, support for legalizing marijuana is directly and inversely proportional to age. Among 18 to 29 year olds, the percent who want it to be legal is 62%. For those 30 to 49 years old, the percentage is 56%. But among people 65 years or older, only 31% think it should be legal.
Note that we aren’t talking about decriminalizing marijuana — keeping it illegal but removing most penalties — this is full legalization. And 70% of Americans think it should be legal for doctors to prescribe marijuana to reduce pain and suffering.
We’ve spent over a trillion dollars on the (failed) war on drugs. Every 30 seconds, an American is arrested for violating a marijuana law, making it the fourth most common cause for arrest in the US. Wouldn’t we save a lot of money if we legalized marijuana?