Politicians Need To Catch Up With Public Opinion On Cannabis

Cannabis was a focal point at the Democratic Party primary debate Oct. 13, with both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders pressed for their views on legalization. Sanders seemed to indicate support, while Clinton was non-committal; however, she did agree with Saunders that people caught with small amounts of cannabis shouldn't get jail time.

So who's more aligned with public opinion? We've put together a compilation of 2015 polls by Pew Research to find out. Some surprises include the support for legalization among Millennial Republicans and the opposition from hispanics.

Support for legalization hits all-time high

Hispanics oppose legalization most

Multiracial adults more likely to support legalization

Millennials favor legalization the most

Even Republican Millennials favor legalization

Supporters want to keep cannabis in the home

Pro-legalization Americans may be more open minded

Over time, more people are saying they've tried cannabis

Most pro-legalization Americans see cannabis as a health issue

The 'gateway drug' theory isn't popular among prohibitionists

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