While United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed federal marijuana enforcement policy, it appears his stance on American marijuana legalization isn’t representative of the country’s politicians or its people.
According to the latest polling results released by the Pew Research Center, approximately 61% of U.S. adults support American marijuana legalization. While this isn’t a major increase from last year’s support level of 57%, it does indicate that support has grown steadily since registering at 31% in 2000.
“The growing public support for legal marijuana comes as more states have legalized the drug for recreational purposes,” said Abigail Geiger, associate digital producer and writer for Pew Research.
On Jan. 1, 2018, California became the latest state to commence recreational marijuana sales, starting at approximately 100 retailers across the state on the first day.
As far as party lines go, 70% of Democrats, 65% of independents and 43% of Republicans support American marijuana legalization.
Even though Democrats have the highest support level for legalization, that doesn’t mean Republicans are standing on the sidelines while Sessions reverses federal marijuana enforcement policy.
“Before I voted to confirm Attorney General Sessions, he assured me that marijuana would not be a priority for this Administration. Today’s action directly contradicts what I was told, and I am prepared to take all steps necessary, including holding DOJ nominees, until the Attorney General lives up to the commitment he made to me prior to his confirmation,” said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., in a press release.