Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana, Suggests Gallup Poll.

Since 1969, Gallup has conducted multiple nationwide polls to gauge American public opinion on whether or not marijuana should be legalized. In 1969, only 12% of Americans favored the legalization of marijuana. Sentiments have seemingly reversed as time has passed, until reaching a milestone this year: for the first time in the history of the poll, an definite majority (58%) of Americans have declared their support for legalizing marijuana.

Americans' Views on Legalizing Marijuana

The greatest support for the legalization of marijuana was, somewhat unsurprisingly, in the age group of 18 to 29 years old. Considering the dim prospects for numerous youths within my generation, I’m not surprised. When you don’t have a job and are drowning in debt, living with your parents out of necessity and putting off owning a home and/or starting a family indefinitely, what else to do but toke up?

Americans’ Views on Legalizing Marijuana, by Age

All jokes aside, this signifies a positive trend in the way Americans view governance. The State is not allowed to control what comes out of an individual’s mouth; the public is beginning to realize that the State should not be allowed to control what an individual chooses to put into their mouth, either. Whenever public opinion turns against State control and influence, I consider it a movement in the right direction.

This is not to say that individuals must tolerate marijuana anywhere and everywhere. The banning of substances, such as marijuana, should be conducted by voluntary associative agreement within a framework of property rights. This gives an individual property owner the right to deny the use or possession of drugs on his property. A collection of anti-drug property owners may even cluster together and create a drug-free community if they so wish, as long as they alone are footing the bill for said enforcement.



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