There is no doubt that American views for marijuana use have changed and fluctuated over time. In the 1950s, it was reserved for immigrants and beatniks. The 60s and 70s brought the hippie movement who preached flower power and put this plant at the center of their counterculture. But as the public became more familiar with cannabis, the US government became more estranged.
In 1986, Ronald Reagan promised to get tough on drugs and introduced a new mandatory minimum sentence on drug crimes. Federal oppression of marijuana was carried even further when George Bush declared the “War on Drugs,” and, a couple decades later, there is still a lot of debate about what the real consequences of these tactics have been.
One thing that can be agreed upon is how hostile the environment for marijuana use has been since the 1980s. With a political landscape as rocky as this, is it possible that the public approval rating for marijuana has been rising nonetheless? This infographic looks into this exact question by comparing the most recent and relevant polls taken by the Pew Research Center. Legal Templates also created a series of interactive maps to help people understand the varying marijuana laws and levels of legality across the nation. All fifty states have very different demographics and government leadership which can make deciphering state laws a hefty task.
“Have Americans Stopped Hating Marijuana?” is a hard question to answer, so feel free check out our stylish infographic below and share it by embedding the code at the bottom. Legal Templates strives to equip people with the right tools to be their own legal advocates.
These Recent Statistics Show How Americans Really Feel About Weed
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