According to a nationwide poll, fifty-six percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. Most also don’t believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes. Only 36 percent of likely voters opposed the concept and 8 percent were undecided.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters nationwide was conducted on May 12, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports.
Neill Franklin, a retired Baltimore narcotics cop and the executive director of advocacy group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, sees the poll as a political weather vane pointing toward the future.
“Polling now consistently shows that more voters support legalizing and regulating marijuana than support continuing a failed prohibition approach,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Yet far too many politicians continue to act as if marijuana policy reform is some dangerous third rail they dare not touch. If the trends in public opinion continue in the direction they are going, the day is not far away when supporting a prohibition system that causes so much crime, violence and corruption is going to be seen as a serious political liability for those seeking support from younger and independent voters. Savvy forward-looking politicians are already beginning to see which way the wind is blowing.”