Roughly two out of three Americans, or 66 percent of adults, support legalizing marijuana for recreational use by adults, according to a new Gallup poll.
The poll was conducted between Oct. 1-10 and 1,019 adults were interviewed, Gallup said.
“As the percentage of Americans who favor legalizing pot has continued to grow, so has the number of states that have taken up legislation to allow residents to use the substance recreationally,” said Justin McCarthy, the report’s author.
He added that support for legal cannabis has gradually increased since its low-point approval rating of 12 percent in 1969.
“This data further proves what the majority of New Jerseyans and the majority of Americans across the country want: an end to the cannabis prohibition,” New Jersey CannaBusiness Association President Scott Rudder said in a statement. “New Jerseyans realize the benefits of legalization and understand the human toll is too great to delay action any further.”
Over the weekend, Canada became the second country to legalize recreational marijuana. And on Nov. 6, voters in Michigan and North Dakota will vote whether to legalize cannabis for adult-use, while voters in Missouri and Utah will vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana.
The Gallup poll came the same day New Jersey’s top Democrats said the Legislature will not meet a self-imposed Oct. 29 deadline to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana. Still, lawmakers expect a vote by the end of 2018.
Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-3rd District, said Monday he did not have the 21 votes needed to pass the bill through the Senate. He asked Gov. Phil Murphy to help drum up support.
Meanwhile, the state’s existing medical marijuana program has doubled to 34,000 enrollees since Murphy took office in January, according to a Monday announcement from the Department of Health.