79 percent of the District wants marijuana either legalized or at least decriminalized.

The Washington D.C. Council is currently moving forward with a plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, but residents of the nation’s capital want to go much further. By a nearly two-to-one margin the people of D.C. think the personal use of marijuana should be legal.

According to a new Washington Post poll, 63 percent of adults in the District favor legalizing marijuana for personal use while only 34 percent oppose legalization. This represents an impressive 17 point increase in support for legalization in just the past four years.

Even among the minority who think marijuana should technically remain illegal there is strong support for dramatically reducing penalties for possession. Roughly half of this group favors reducing the penalty for marijuana possession punishable to only a modest fine, which is what the bill currently pending before the council would do.

Together this means 79 percent of the District wants marijuana either legalized or at least decriminalized. D.C. clearly has one of the most pro-marijuana reform electorates in the country.