Everybody but old people wants legal marijuana
October 13, 2016 8 Comments
Nice Fact Tank piece from Pew, looking at the latest public opinion data on marijuana. It’s moving not quite as fast as gay marriage did, but in 2008, we were still a 50-50 country on the issue, but the latest polling has support for legalization up to 57% and opposition only 37%. That’s a pretty dramatic shift.
Also, note, this is not just generational replacement, but every generation is getting more pro-legalization. And it should also be noted, that we have reached the point where only old people actually oppose legalization.
So, why aren’t politicians catching up? Well, in some states they are. Among other things, it speaks to the hugely disproportionate influence of old people (who always have and always will turn out to vote in disproportionate numbers).
We’re surely not going to have sensible laws on all drugs any time soon. But damn it, the time is certainly here for sensible laws on marijuana.