Strides have been made in the U.S. on the marijuana legalization front in the past year, as both Colorado and Washington have become the pioneering states to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. According to a Gallup survey, this also marks the first time that a respectable majority of Americans are in favor of legalizing the drug. Gallup asked the same question back in 1969—the same year as Woodstock, mind you—when just 12 percent supported legalization.
Gallup notes that the breakthrough in Colorado and Washington may be responsible for shifting Americans attitudes about legalizaing marijuana. Since last November, support for the initiative has increased by 10 percentage points.
Unsurprisingly, independents and Democrats are more supportive of legalization than Republicans, although numbers reflecting support from all three have increased since last November. In other non-shocking news, the 18 to 29 age group represents the largest chunk of supporters, with 67 percent standingly firmly behind legalization. That demographic will always be pro-legalization.
This, folks, is progress.