No, Public Support for Legal Weed Has Not Reached Its Peak

No, Public Support for Legal Weed Has Not Reached Its Peak

A recent survey suggests public support for marijuana legalization has hit its peak — and has even started to drop. Virtually every other poll disagrees.

Between April 2017 and April 2018, CBS News polled 1000 adults to see where they stood on the topic of marijuana legalization. The study found that 59 percent of those surveyed were in favor of it — two percentage points lower than a similar survey conducted by CBS News last year.

The study might be cause for alarm for many within the legal marijuana industry if it weren’t for a couple of factors. For one, the study had a margin of error of roughly 4 percent, which is greater than the supposed drop-off. And second, and more importantly, virtually every other recent survey on the topic has had opposite results.

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At the Motley Fool notes, recent polls from Gallup, Pew Research Center, and Fox News show that support for legalization among Americans continues to rise. Gallup, for example, found that between 1995 — the year before California became the first state to legalize medical cannabis for compassionate-use patients — and last year, legalization among America jumped from 25 percent to 64 percent.

But What About a Drop?

Not only is public support for marijuana on the rise, but there is no reason to think it will decrease any time soon.

For starters, while 28 percent of Americans (according to the CBS poll) think cannabis is just as dangerous as other drugs, the more studies researchers publish that illustrate the safety of cannabis, the more peoples’ minds will change.

More minds will also be changed as more information is published about the myriad medical benefits of the drug.

Money is a big motivator, too. As we’ve mentioned time and time again, the tax revenue generated by legal weed has resulted in millions and millions of dollars for new schools, special programs for people in need, renewed infrastructures, and much, much more. These benefits show that legal weed can benefit those who don’t even use it, and will likely boost public support for the drug even more.