Marijuana will be legal nationwide in 20 years, Bloomberg poll says

By Oscar Pascual |

The majority of Americans now believe that prohibition is almost over.

58 percent of U.S. adults believe marijuana will become fully legal throughout the country in the next 20 years, according to a new Bloomberg poll released Friday.

That percentage also includes 26 percent of those polled who contend that full-on legalization will spread in half the time of ten years, and 17 percent bright-eyed hopefuls who say that it will happen in the next five years.

A select amount of blissfully-ignorant individuals even believe that national legalization will come into effect by the end of the year, at two percent.

The numbers fall in line with a recent Pew Research poll revealing a steady hold for marijuana support, as 53 percent favor the legal use of pot.

There’s still 32 percent of Americans who think national legal pot is just a pipe dream, and believe that recreational marijuana will never be legal in all 50 states.

“There’s so many people that have seen what drugs and alcohol have done to their families that I don’t think it will ever ever ever be legalized in this country,” said 42-year-old poll participant Chris Harmon, a sales rep in New Philadelphia, Ohio in an interview with Bloomberg.

Four states have already allowed marijuana for recreational use, with the states Nevada, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Arizona all poised to vote for legal marijuana legislation in future elections.

Bloomberg believes that the future of legalization hinges squarely on the shoulders of California lawmakers and voters, who represent the largest state in the union.

California’s Lieutenant Governor and marijuana legalization supporter Gavin Newsom agrees.

“A lot of eyes are on California,” Newsom told Bloomberg. “It’s very different than almost any other state because of the scale and the magnitude of the change and what it will represent across the country.”

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