According to a new survey released by Gallup in June, 65 percent of Americans say that smoking marijuana is “morally acceptable” – way up from 48 percent in 2012. Meanwhile, 31 percent of those polled morally disapprove of the use of marijuana.
The Washington Post broke down the Gallup poll and how marijuana compares to other polarizing social issues – including drinking alcohol, gay and lesbian relations, and stem cell research.
Voters will have the opportunity to have their voices heard on the marijuana issue come November. Recreational use is up for a vote in the state of Michigan, a longtime medical-friendly state, and voters in Utah and Missouri have the opportunity to legalize medical marijuana practices.
Michigan could be an important domino in the federal fight for legal recreational marijuana nationwide. While the West Coast and Northeast U.S. have been the first to crack into the legal recreational use of pot, the middle of the country has yet to join the pack. If Michigan breaks through as the first Midwest state to legalize, Illinois, Minnesota, and a myriad of other states could soon follow.
What do you think? Has it become more acceptable to your family and friends to light up?