Poll: Americans Prepare To Embrace Pot

A new poll shows that Americans are poised to embrace marijuana.

The poll, conducted by CBS News, found that 61 percent of Americans think that marijuana should be legalized. In 2016 that number was 56 percent; going back to 1979 that number was 27 percent. The 61 percent figure was the highest ever in the CBS News poll.

The age demographic showing the highest amount of support for legalizing marijuana came from those in the 18 to 34 age range at 76 percent, unsurprisingly. Sixty-two percent of those between the ages of 35 and 54 also supported legalizing marijuana, as did 60 percent of those in the 55 to 64 age range. However, only 37 percent of those 65 years of age or older supported legalizing marijuana.

Among party affiliation, Democrats overwhelmingly supported legalizing marijuana at 68 percent, while 64 percent of Independents also supported it. Only 46 percent Republicans supported legalizing marijuana.

Additionally, 88 percent of Americans support medicinal marijuana and 71 percent don't think the federal government should crack down on states that have legalized marijuana. 

The poll also found that the vast majority of Americans view marijuana as "less dangerous" than other drugs, including alcohol. The majority of Americans also don't think that it has any effect on crime and that it should be treated as an addiction rather than a crime.

Half of the country said they had tried marijuana, 50 percent, while 49 percent said they have never tried it.

The movement for legalizing marijuana has certainly grown in recent years, as eight states and Washington, D.C. have legalized it entirely and 29 states have made marijuana available for medicinal purposes, according to CNN Money. However, it is still illegal to smoke marijuana while driving and it can't be taken into states in which the drug is still illegal.

Clearly, America is at the point where it's ready to embrace marijuana.

Read the full poll results here.

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