Rasmussen Poll: Plurality Of Americans Support Legalizing And Taxing Cannabis

Rasmussen Poll: Plurality Of Americans Support Legalizing And Taxing CannabisAsbury Park, NJ: A solid plurality of Americans now support legalizing and taxing the production and sale of cannabis, according to nationwide Rasmussen poll of 1,000 adults.

According to the telephone poll, 47 percent of adults "believe the country should legalize and tax marijuana in order to help solve the nation’s fiscal problems." Forty-two percent of respondents disagree, while ten percent are undecided.

The survey of 1,000 Adults nationwide was conducted on March 24-25, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.

In 2011, a nationwide Gallup poll reported that 50 percent of Americans support legalizing the use of cannabis for adults. Forty-six percent of respondents said they opposed the idea.

The 2011 Gallup survey results marked the first time that the polling firm, which has tracked Americans’ attitudes toward marijuana since the late 1960s, reported that more Americans support legalizing cannabis than oppose it.

Commenting on the latest poll results, NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said: "For the second time in less than a year we have pollsters from a national, well-respected firm reporting that far more Americans now support legalizing marijuana than endorse maintaining criminal prohibition. It is high time for state and federal lawmakers to acknowledge this political reality and respond to the will of their constituents."

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.