Marijuana use and support for legal marijuana continue to climb

Marijuana use and support for legal marijuana continue to climb

Fifty-six percent of Americans say the use of marijuana should be legal – a new high, and a slight increase from a year ago, according to a new CBS News poll

Public opinion on legalizing pot has changed dramatically over the years. In 1979, just 27 percent said marijuana use should be legal. As recently as 2011, a slight majority of Americans opposed legalized marijuana use. 

This poll was conducted by telephone April 8-12, 2016 among a random sample of 1,020 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.[large_spacing]