I’m sure you guys have heard by now about the controversy surrounding the legalization of marijuana. The question everyone seems to be asking is, “Should marijuana be legal?” Well, this may surprise you, but for the first time in four decades, the majority of Americans agree that weed should be legal.
A survey done by the Pew Research Center found that 52 percent of Americans support legalized pot. To put it in perspective, only 12 percent of Americans supported it back in 1969. Researchers found that support has been rising within every age demographic, but millenials (anyone born after 1980, so us basically) are the most supportive. Not surprisingly, older generations aren’t thrilled with the idea of legal weed.
So why are people suddenly more in support of marijuana being legal? It’s probably because a lot more people are smoking up – seriously. 48 percent of Americans say they’ve tried marijuana, while only 38 percent admitted to trying it a ten years ago.
More statistics for you: only 32 percent of people say they think smoking weed is morally wrong, which according to researchers, is an 18 percent point drop since 2006. 72 percent of people also seem to think that smoking weed isn’t as bad as the money spent trying to enforce marijuana laws. Democrats are also more like to say marijuana should be legal over Republicans.
But don’t get too excited – this doesn’t mean we should expect weed to be legal all over any time soon. In the United States, marijuana is only legal in Colorado and Washington (and is legal for medical reasons in a few other states). Despite the growing support for the legalization of weed, it’s going to take a long time for until it becomes legal everywhere.
There are a lot of people who are still unsure about whether or not the pros outweigh the cons. I’m constantly reading studies about researchers debating whether smoking weed leads to smoking cigarettes and there are always reports about how pot can make you dumb. But at the same time, there are also studies that say that drinking alcohol is more dangerous for teens than smoking weed.
So, should marijuana be legal? I want to know what you guys think, so tell me in the comments if you support the legalization of weed or not – and why!