Marijuana legalizers are winning the battle for hearts and minds.
That’s one takeaway from a new Pew Research Center survey on public attitudes toward marijuana legalization. The survey found that 53 percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal, consistent with whatother major studies have shown.
But in an interesting follow-up, Pew researchers asked whether people had always held these attitudes toward legalization, or whether there was a time they had felt differently. The results are telling: roughly 40 percent of legalization supporters said they used to feel differently. By contrast, only 16 percent of opponents said the same.
The question shows that the marijuana legalization movement has been successful at changing people’s minds on the legalization question. “The more that people learn about marijuana and look at the benefits of legalization, the more likely they are to support reform,” said Tom Angell, Chairman of Marijuana Majority, a pro-legalization group. [Read more at The Washington Post]
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