The old hippies would be pleased. A new Pew Research Center survey heralds this headline: “For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A new national survey finds that 52 percent say that the use of marijuana should be made legal.” And as the old hippies would say, “groovy.”
But wait. The Grand Old Party does not stand for Grand Old Potheads. The poll also found that 37 percent of Republicans, and only 29 percent of conservative Republicans, say pot should be legal, compared to 59 percent of Democrats and 73 percent of liberal Democrats.
“Republicans and Democrats have similar views on enforcing marijuana laws: 57 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of Democrats say that the federal government should not enforce federal marijuana laws in states that permit its use. Substantial majorities of both Republicans (67 percent) and Democrats (71 percent) also say federal enforcement of marijuana laws is not worth the cost,” the poll says.
Meanwhile, a third of Americans also say smoking marijuana is “morally wrong” with 47 percent of Republicans and 26 percent of Democrats agreeing.