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New Research Continues To Show Acceptance–And Disdain–For Marijuana Legalization

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The website Mic.com is taking a closer look at the country’s views on marijuana legalization by providing three distinct charts that show the movement’s progress and its acceptance, or lack of.

A Pew Research Center report recently showed the widespread and growing support for marijuana legalization. In just a few short years, support for legalizing marijuana has skyrocketed, from just over 30{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} at the start of the millennium to 52{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} today. A slim majority of Americans also admits that marijuana prohibition is a failing policy.

While not all groups support legalized marijuana, a large majority (63{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd}) of Millennials do. Baby boomers and Generation Xers are also accepting of cannabis, with over half of both generations supporting the legalization of recreational marijuana. Just the silent generation (ages 69-86) is opposed, with 27{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} in support.

There’s also tolerance for both marijuana businesses and smoking in the privacy of one’s own home. If marijuana were legalized, 57{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} of people wouldn’t be bothered if a marijuana dispensary opened in their neighborhood, while 83{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} wouldn’t care if smokers kept it in their own homes.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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