LOS ANGELES — Slowly but surely Americans seem to be making peace with the pot pipe.
According to a new poll released by Gallup on Monday, 50 percent of Americans say marijuana use should be legal — up from 46 percent last year. This year, 46 percent said it should be illegal.
Those numbers mean that, for the first time in the poll’s 42-year-history, Americans who say that marijuana should be legal outnumber those who say it should be illegal.
Societal acceptance of marijuana has come a long way since 1969, when Gallup first posed the question “Should marijuana use be legal?” Back then, only 12 percent of Americans favored legalization of the drug. From the ’70s through the mid-’90s, support remained in the 20s, but it has been climbing steadily since 2002.