The number of national pollsters confirming that a majority of Americans want marijuana legalized continues to grow. The latest is a new poll from CBS News which found 51 percent of Americans think the use of marijuana should be legal. Only 44 percent still think it should remain illegal.
This represents an impressive swing in support for legalization in the past few years. Just three years ago the same poll found support for legalization at only 40 percent, with opposition at 51 percent.
This CBS poll also found an overwhelming 86 percent of Americans think doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana for medical use. Despite the incredible support for medical marijuana only twenty states have real medical marijuana programs and the Obama administration stubbornly refuses to acknowledge marijuana medical value by removing cannabis from Schedule I.
This now means the pollsters at Gallup, Pew Research, CNN, Quinnipiac, PPP, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, and CBS News have all found that a majority of the country supports marijuana to be legalized.
It is time for politicians wake up and start listening to the will of the electorate.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy
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