The use of marijuana was favored by 12 percent of the American population in 1969 and 84 percent opposed its legalization. From the late 1970s to the mid 1990s, the support for marijuana legalization remained in the mid-20s but it went to 30 percent in the year 2000 and 40 percent of the US population supported marijuana legalization in the year 2009.
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2009, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health disclosed that 16.7 million Americans aged 12 or older used marijuana at least once in the month prior to being surveyed to suggest an increase over the rates reported in all years between 2002 and 2008.
Marijuana is the third-most-popular recreational drug in America, behind only alcohol and tobacco, according to claims made by the advocacy group National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. While some states in the United States of America have legalized use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, many officials have made a call to the federal government to legalize marijuana.
The survey also disclosed that the support for legalizing marijuana is directly and inversely proportional to age. While the topic of marijuana legalization was characterized by approval of 62 percent of those 18 to 29 down, the approval rate was 31 percent among those 65 and older. While the Liberals are twice as likely as conservatives for favoring marijuana legalization, Democrats and independents are more likely to be in favor than are Republicans.