Gallup: 64 percent of Americans want marijuana legal

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According to the Gallup survey, Americans' support for legalizing pot has grown since they poll first asked the question in 1969, when just 12 percent supported the proposal.

For the first time in almost 50 years of Gallup polling on the question, a majority of American Republicans say they support marijuana legalization.

The poll also marks another milestone: It's the first time the majority of Republicans support marijuana legalization, with 51% indicating that they'd like to see the end of federal prohibition. In 2001, it grew to 34 percent - and since 2013, a majority of Americans have backed the idea.

A record-high number of adults in the United States - 64 percent - say they support legalizing marijuana, according to new research.

"It makes sense that support for ending marijuana prohibition is increasing", said Morgan Fox, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project. Recreational marijuana has since been legalized in a total of eight states and D.C., including five where adults can purchase marijuana from government-regulated retail dispensaries: Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, Nevada and Washington state.

California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, paving the way for 28 other states and the nation's capital to follow suit.

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The increase in legalization support comes as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Republican who has frequently criticized the use of marijuana, hasn't yet announced whether he'll continue to abide by more lenient Obama-era guidance and avoid enforcing federal law in states that have legalized the drug.

Support for marijuana legalization has been rising steadily over the years so it's not all that surprising to some that numbers have reached this level.

Legal marijuana now has equal support to gay marriage among Americans, Gallup notes.

Another poll, released earlier today by Sacred Heart University, found that 71% of CT residents support legalizing and taxing cannabis for adult use. In the case of marijuana, changes in the law can only really come through either the legislative process or, as has been the case in many states, through a referendum taken to the voters.

Activists from within the marijuana-legalization community celebrated the poll results.