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Most Americans favor legal weed, Gallup poll says, but level of support varies based on age, religion, party

More than two-thirds of Americans support cannabis for recreational use, a measure of support unchanged since 2020.

In the Gallup poll released Tuesday, 68% agreed that marijuana should be legal. When Gallup first asked the question in 1969, only 12% supported legal weed.

Voters in Maryland and Missouri voted last week to legalize recreational cannabis, bringing the number of states to 21 states and the District of Columbia.

“An overwhelming majority of Americans have consistently opposed our failed prohibition of marijuana for nearly a decade; it defies common sense and the concept of sound public policy that our elected officials at the federal level have yet to take meaningful action.” said Eric Altieri, executive director of NORML, the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform.

Efforts to pass federal subpoena legislation in the congressional session are underway, according to US Sen. Cory Booker.

The talks in Congress center on making sure that legislation allowing banks to provide financial services to legal marijuana businesses includes a restorative justice provision, while ensuring that smaller businesses, especially those owned by minorities, also have access to the financial support they need to compete with larger enterprises. companies.

Gallup found that support for legal marijuana was highest among those with no religious preference (89%), liberals (84%), Democrats (81%), those aged 30 to 49 (79%) and those who rarely or never go to religious services. (78%).

Support was lowest among those who attend weekly religious services (46%), conservatives (49%), Republicans (51%), those 65 and older (53%) and Hispanics (56%).

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Jonathan D. Salant can be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant.

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