How the US attitude toward cannabis is changing, according to Pew Research

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The negative stigma once surrounding cannabis has been almost completely erased

While it is true that marijuana is still illegal under federal law, the adoption of marijuana in numerous states has shown that the country’s population and leaders are more than in agreement with its use, especially if it is for medical purposes. As time has passed, the taboo that used to haunt this plant has been left in the past and the mentality of the people now has to be more open when it comes to this subject. According to a recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center, many curious facts have been discovered.

Based on the results from the research group, the support for marijuana legalization is changing, depending on the age and party. According to an April survey, the percentage of support among seniors over 75 is very low compared to the percentage of support found among people under 30, seven out of 10 of whom favor legalization for recreational and medical use.

The shift in thinking has seen a sharp change over the past two decades, with more than twice the proportion now saying they strongly agree with marijuana legalization compared to support in 2000, a figure that can be considered high in a matter of 20 years. On the other hand, Democrats are more likely to support legalization than Republicans, 72% vs. 47%, respectively.

While it sounds surprising, based on the fact that nine in ten Americans favor some form of marijuana legalization, less than half of American adults say they have ever used marijuana. This indicates that support is not simply based on their own experiences but also on what they have heard from others’ experiences, or in some other way highlighting the benefits of cannabis for people with particular medical conditions. As of this date, a total of 17 states and the District of Columbia have legalized small amounts of marijuana for recreational use by adults, a number that is expected to increase over time.