Study Finds Support For Marijuana Legalization Is Declining


With 23 states and Washington D.C. having approved medical marijuana and Washington and Colorado having approved the legalization of marijuana recreationally, a surprising study has found that support for legalization is actually declining. reported on a recent survey by the Public Religion Research Institute that found support for legalization of marijuana fell from 51{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} in 2013 to just 44{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} in 2014. Opposition to legalization jumped to 50{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} from 44{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd} in the previous year.

The 4,500 -person survey pointed out that the shift is most visible in people who either slightly favored legalization in 2013 or who modestly opposed marijuana legalization. These people are considered”on-the-fence respondents”.

The PRRI’s study is on the opposite end of a Gallup poll from 2013 that found for the first time in history, more people favored legalization (58{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd}) than opposed it (39{f1d755e3d686d84b3fba3fb9da3bc25d6eb08724c18385fd50146d58c836a6dd}).


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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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