"About six-in-ten Americans (61 percent) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, reflecting a steady increase over the past decade, according to a Pew Research Center survey" the report said.
The poll found that a majority of Democrats support the legalization of marijuana while a majority of Republicans oppose it, the report said.
“Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats say marijuana use should be legal, as do 65% of independents. By contrast, just 43% of Republicans favor marijuana legalization, while 55% are opposed.” https://t.co/CNnEVpbNFJ pic.twitter.com/BZ0m5i6j7g— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) 5 января 2018 г.
On Thursday, the Justice Department announced that it had rescinded Obama administration-era regulatory tolerance of marijuana and will federal prosecutors to pursue those involved in the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana.
Marijuana production, taxation and consumption has been legalized in eight US states, while it has been decriminalized in 14 others. Some 29 US states have legalized the use of medical marijuana if approved by a medical doctor.
On January 1, the US state of California legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
The Pew Research Center conducted the poll October 25-30, 2017, among 1,504 adults with a margin of error of plus-minus 2.9 percent.