More people support marijuana legalization than ever before

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More People Support Marijuana Legalization Than Ever Before

Since the infamous "War on Drugs" started, pot's popularity has actually grown -- a lot. Fifty-three percent of Americans support legalization compared to 12 percent in 1969.

Ohio is the latest state to put the issue to a vote -- polls close Nov. 3.

In 1996, California became the first state to allow medicinal marijuana. Since then 22 states and D.C. followed.

SEE MORE: The dark side of pot you don't always hear about

Medical marijuana is used for cancer patients, people with PTSD and people with chronic pain.
On January 1, 2014, Colorado became the first state to sell recreational marijuana use.

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More people support marijuana legalization than ever before
Containers of cannabis buds are seen at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
A medical marijuana dispensary displays a sign Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Oregon's medical marijuana dispensaries are getting ready for a watershed moment this week: when recreational pot users will also be able to buy weed at their pot shops. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)
Customers must sign in at the front window before entering Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Shane Cavanaugh, owner of Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., arranges the cannabis display in his store on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Employees of Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., help out patients on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Cannabis salves and elixirs sit on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Different types of edibles are seen on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Different cannabis products are seen on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Different types of THC-infused confections are left on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Cannabis clones sit on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
A patient walks into Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Cannabis infused soap bars sit on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Containers of cannabis buds are seen on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
A bag of cannabis buds are seen at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Dab rigs are put on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
A marijuana bong is left out on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Esther Aldrich looks through bags of cannabis buds at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Shane Cavanaugh, owner of Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., is seen inside of his store on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Bottles of cannabis tinctures are seen on display at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
A bottle of cannabis tincture is seen at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Shane Cavanaugh, owner of Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., arranges the cannabis display in his store on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
A cannabis bud rests on a container at Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Amazon Organics, a pot dispensary in Eugene, Ore., prepares for when they will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon will be able to sell recreational marijuana starting Thursday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
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"Colorado has been allowing the sale of legal recreational marijuana. In a related story, in one week the population of Colorado has jumped to 315 million people," Conan O'Brien joked in a monologue shortly after the legalization.

That year, the state made $53 million by taxing it. Now -- three other states (and D.C.) have also fully legalized pot. And it's not going anywhere. In 2016, legalization of medical or recreational pot may crop up in 17 states.

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