Nearly two-thirds of Americans say smoking marijuana is “morally acceptable,” whereas 31 % disapprove of pot on ethical grounds, based on a survey launched Monday by Gallup.
That’s a pointy leap from 2013, when a equally worded query in a Public Religion Research Institute survey discovered that barely fewer than half of Americans stated it was morally acceptable to smoke marijuana.
The shift in ethical acceptance of marijuana mirrors the shift in help for legalization over that point interval, which rose from 48 % on the finish of 2012 to 64 % final fall, in line with Gallup.
On the spectrum of morality, Americans now price marijuana use equally to homosexual and lesbian relations, stem cell analysis or having a child outdoors of marriage, in accordance with Gallup. It’s seen as considerably extra acceptable than medical testing on animals, abortion or pornography. But it’s seen as much less acceptable than alcohol use, which 78 % of respondents say is morally acceptable.
The hole within the acceptance of marijuana and alcohol is pushed virtually totally by conservatives, the Gallup knowledge exhibits. Marijuana and alcohol use are seen as morally acceptable by giant majorities of self-described liberals and moderates — who collectively comprise about 61 % of the grownup inhabitants. Among conservatives, nevertheless, 75 % say consuming is acceptable, whereas 47 % say the identical of marijuana use.
While marijuana legalization has loved majority help from Democratic voters since a minimum of 2010, many main Democratic politicians have been sluggish to embrace the difficulty. But there are indicators that’s beginning to change: Earlier this yr Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., launched a invoice within the Senate that may decriminalize marijuana use on the federal degree.
The Marijuana Justice Act, one other Senate invoice that may legalize marijuana nationwide and penalize states that refused to take action, has attracted a variety of main Democrats as co-sponsors, together with Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), and unbiased Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.).
In November, Michigan voters will determine whether or not to legalize the drug and voters in Utah and Missouri will think about medical marijuana measures.