Support for legalizing recreational marijuana in the United States has reached an all time high. According to a new a Gallup poll, 64% of Americans support legalizing recreational marijuana, compared to 60% last year and 58% in 2015.
Pollsters noted that support for legalization mirrors U.S. support for gay marriage. When Gallup began polling both issues in 1990, approximately 25% of voters expressed support. Now, more than two decades later, support for both issues has reached an all time high of 64%.
This also marks the first time that a majority of Republicans support legalization, with 51% in favor, representing a 9% increase over the last year. In 2009, Democrats became the first party to see majority support, followed by independents in 2011.
In a statement, Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, said that the growing support for legalizing marijuana makes sense.
“Americans are tired of wasting resources arresting hundreds of thousands of individuals every year for using a substance that is safer than alcohol,” Fox said. “In the five years since the first states made marijuana legal for adults, it has become increasingly clear that — unlike prohibition — regulation works.”