The Economist released a new poll today showing clear majority support among Americans for legalizing marijuana.
In the poll, every age group showed greater support than opposition for legalization, including those 65 and older. Republicans and Democrats are both more likely to support than oppose legalization.
Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and a former Baltimore narcotics cop, said, "With more and more people supporting an end to marijuana prohibition, legislators are going to be feeling increasing pressure to actually change these laws. It's becoming clear that we can no longer afford - both financially and in terms of human lives - the cost of waging this war on a plant. And, soon, those lawmakers who are reluctant to support modernizing our marijuana laws will feel the political costs of their refusal to act. "
Here's The Economist's report on the poll: http://www.economist.com/node/18118857?story_id=18118857
And here's the full poll: http://media.economist.com/images/pdf/Toplines20110208.pdf