Seemingly nothing can stop the momentum behind marijuana lately. As of the end of 2016, 28 states had legalized medical cannabis, and residents in eight states had authorized the sale of recreational, adult-use pot. By comparison, prior to 2012 there were no recreationally legal states, and prior to 1996, not a single state authorized physicians to prescribe marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The public’s opinion of cannabis has also changed just as rapidly. Gallup’s polling shows that just 25% of respondents approved of the idea of legalizing weed nationally in 1995, compared to 60% in 2016, an all-time high. Data from a more recent survey from the independent Quinnipiac University showed 59% support for nationwide legalization, as opposed to 36% opposition, and a remarkably high 93% approval for the legalization of medical marijuana, compared to just 6% opposition.
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