The results of a new survey which involved more than 6,000 millennials suggest that federal marijuana prohibition could soon come to an end thanks to the millennial voice. The Tylt, millennials’ favorite, biggest, and fastest growing opinion and social polling platform, indicates that 84% of the nation’s young adult population is of the opinion that medical marijuana should be legalized. Furthermore, over 54% stated that adults should be able to use medical marijuana publicly.
New polls reveal predominant support for marijuana among young adults across America.
A whole number of surveys pointed out the general support for marijuana among the millennial generation, which includes those born in the 1980s through the mid-1990s. An impressive 88% of young adults who participated in the surveys said that they consider marijuana safer than alcohol. Also, 86% stated that they believe in the therapeutic potential of marijuana and that it can be used to boost public health.
When the topic of professional sports emerged, a huge majority of millennials said that they believe professional athletes should be allowed to use marijuana. Ninety percent of participants think that cannabis should be allowed in sports. What’s more, a colossal 93% is of the opinion that marijuana is a better option than painkillers such as opioids.
The data from the surveys also suggest that the millennials recognize problems with the criminal justice system of the nation. A staggering 81% of participants said that those locked up for marijuana-related crimes should be set free. In 2016 alone, 653,249 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses, and 89% of those were for possession. The surveys add that at the same time, between 165,000 and 230,000 people are legally working in the marijuana industry at the moment.
Millennials And Cannabis
These surveys aren’t the first ones that suggest strong support for cannabis among young adults in the United States.
A Quinnipiac poll has just recently found that almost eight in 10 voters under 34 think that recreational marijuana should be legalized. That is notably higher than the 58% support found across voters of all ages.
A couple of months ago, researchers found that more than 50% of all millennials in America would substitute alcohol beverages for marijuana. Participants discussed cost, safety, and health as reasons for the switch. Independent findings suggest that the majority of young adults use marijuana in order to improve their well-being, and not to simply get “stoned.”
Young Americans are far more accepting of marijuana; that is no secret. On the other hand, senior adults, even though they recognize and acknowledge the benefits of medical marijuana, are still resistant to legalizing recreational marijuana.
What The Future Holds
One thing is certain – support for cannabis is at an all-time high across almost all demographics. The majority of people believe that with cannabis being legal in almost 30 states at the moment, and support from both Republican and Democrat leaders, complete legalization is inevitable and probably not far away.
Add strong support coming from the millennials to that, and the nation’s cannabis industry seems to have a bright future.