At a time when President Obama will have to face a challenge to support the decriminalization of marijuana, the Gallup organization released a new poll saying a "record high" number of Americans -- 50 percent -- support legalizing pot.
Bad timing for the prez: It's election season, and we're pretty sure he doesn't want to seem like too much of a lefty.
Oh well, the people have spoken. According to Gallup:
A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year. Forty-six percent say marijuana use should remain illegal.
Pot finds its biggest support among 18- to 29-year-olds (62 percent) and gets less love from the 65-and-older set (31 percent are for legalization). As expected, Democrats and independents like it more the Republicans, and men and West and Midwest residents are more bud-friendly.
About 69 percent of self-professed liberals say yes to weed; only 34 percent of those who identified as conservatives said we should legalize it.
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Gallup says support for legalization is the "highest on record" and wonders aloud of the nation's laws will soon reflect the people's wishes:
If this current trend on legalizing marijuana continues, pressure may build to bring the nation's laws into compliance with the people's wishes.
I have a (pipe) dream, indeed.