Community Issues

Support for Legal Marijuana Hits Record High

As Pennsylvania considers marajuana legalization, more Americans than ever are in favor.

Support for the legalization of marijuana is now at a record high, according to a new poll from CBS News.

The poll found 65 percent of American favor legalizing marijuana, which many now see as less harmful than alcohol and less addictive than other drugs. That's up from 59 percent of Americans in 2018 and 45 percent in 2013 .

Additionally, the poll found that support for legalization has grown even in groups who have historically opposed it. A majority (56 percent) of Republicans favored legalization for the first time in the history of the CBS News poll, as well as 49 percent of Americans over the age of 65. The poll found 72 percent of Democrats, and 72 percent of Americans ages 18-34 support legalization.

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Photo courtesy Alex Person.

Recreational use of marijuana is legal in ten states and the District of Columbia, medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 states, including Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate to legalize recreational use .

Lt. Governor John Fetterman is currently conducting a listening tour across the state, stopping in every county to hear residents' thoughts on legalizing marijuana. Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf tweeted a video, checking in with Fetterman about the progress of the tour.

Fetterman will be in Tioga County and Adams County next week on the next stops of his listening tour. If you want to submit your thoughts on the legalization of recreational marijuana to the Governor's Office, you can click here .

You can also click here to see the list of currently scheduled tour stops .

How can you start something good?
The Conversation
More stories you may love

How Saving A Church Is Saving Lives Too

A couple bought an abandoned church and turned it into a community center. What they've created is so much bigger.

They're Saluting Our Veterans Every Day of the Year

Meet the Pittsburghers who are making sure our returning vets have jobs, homes and food, and find out how you can help.

How Goats And The Volunteers Who Love Them Are Saving A Popular Park

They're keeping invasive plants from taking over Pittsburgh's Frick Park by doing what comes naturally. For the goats at least!

Our Mission
Have you ever felt like there's just too much bad news? Ever felt like the world is hopeless, and you're helpless to do anything about it? We did too. That's why we created Sparkt™.
At Sparkt™, we tell powerful stories about great people making a difference in their communities, and we show you how you can make a difference too. Join us, and together, let's #StartSomethingGood!
Sparkt Newsletter
Get positive, uplifting stories in your inbox
Follow Us on Social Media
Download the Mobile App
Sparkt™ is a Rabble Holdings, Inc. Media Brand. © 2020 Rabble Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved.