More Americans than ever before favor outright marijuana legalization

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Marijuana legalization in the United States is closer than ever to being a reality: 60% of Americans now support it.

That's according to the latest Gallup Poll data, which asked over 1,000 respondents, "Should marijuana use be made legal, or not?" The data shows increases in support for marijuana legalization across the board — across age, race, gender, and political demographics. And it's a huge overall increase: from 35% of adults in favor of legalization in 2005, to 60% in 2016.

Pew Research conducted a similar poll earlier in 2016, which came to similar results: 57% of Americans over 18 favor outright marijuana legalization.

Over half of the US has already legalized some form of marijuana use — recreation, medicinal, or both. Colorado and Washington have legalized the use and sale of marijuana for recreational use; both states are regulating the production, sales, and consumption of marijuana along the same lines as alcohol.

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In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, photograph, candy bars marked with Colorado's new required diamond-shaped stamp noting that the product contains marijuana are shown in the kitchen of BlueKudu candy in the historic Five Points District of Denver. State officials require the stamp to be put directly on edibles after complaints that the treats look too much like their non-intoxicating counterparts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, photo, candy bars wrapped in new packaging to indicate that the products contain marijuana are shown in the kitchen of BlueKudu candy in the historic Five Points District of Denver. A new Colorado requirement, which goes into effect this Saturday, makes edible producers to label their goods with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C to distinguish the treats from their non-intoxicating counterparts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, photo, Andrew Schrot, chief executive officer of BlueKudu, holds up some of the candy bars made in the kitchen of the marijuana-infused candy maker in the historic Five Points District of Denver. A new Colorado requirement, which takes effect Saturday, Oct. 1 demands that edible producers such as Schrot add a stamp to their treats to distinguish them from their non-intoxicating counterparts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 photo, an employee displays a limeade-flavored cannabis-infused gummy candy at the Chalice Farms industrial kitchen in Portland, Ore. Thursday was the first day recreational marijuana users could legally purchase marijuana edibles and oils in Oregon. (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)
This Aug. 8, 2016, photo released by the San Francisco Department of Health shows gummy ring candies served at a Quincea'era party in San Francisco. City health officials suspect the candies that sickened 19 people at a birthday party on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, contained edible marijuana. Final lab results weren't available Monday, but officials say some of the hospitalized patients tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. (San Francisco Department of Health via AP)
In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 photo, cannabis-infused lemon truffles await packaging at the Chalice Farms industrial kitchen in Portland, Ore. Thursday was the first day recreational marijuana users could legally purchase marijuana edibles and oils in Oregon. (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)
In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 photo, William Simpson, president of Chalice Farms, holds a display of his company's cannabis-infused truffles, chocolates and gummy candies at the company headquarters in Portland, Ore. Thursday was the first day recreational marijuana users could legally purchase marijuana edibles and oils in Oregon. (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)
In this Monday, Sept. 19, 2016, photo, trays of wrapped candy bars are shown in the kitchen of BlueKudu candy in the historic Five Points District of Denver. After fielding complaints about the similarity in appearance of edibles to their non-intoxicating counterparts, the state of Colorado is about to put into effect a new requirement that demands edible producers to mark their products to note that they contain marijuana. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
FILE - In this April 18, 2014, file photo a caregiver points out the strength of an edible marijuana candy bar at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver. In its entirety the candy bar is as strong at 30 marijuana joints. Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids. The bill up for its first hearing in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, also would ban infused edibles shaped like animals or people. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
In this Thursday, June 2, 2016 photo, cannabis-infused hazelnut milk chocolates are wrapped in foil awaiting packaging.at the company headquarters in Portland, Ore. Thursday was the first day recreational marijuana users could legally purchase marijuana edibles and oils in Oregon. (AP Photos/Gillian Flaccus)
FILE - This April 18, 2014, file photo shows edible marijuana products on display at a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver. Colorado's marijuana experiment is under threat by the very popularity of eating it instead of smoking it, so the pot industry is joining health officials and state regulators in studying the problem of consumers eating too much too quickly. Pot-infused lemon drops and other marijuana edibles that resemble fruits could be coming off Colorado shelves, the latest front in a battle by lawmakers to eradicate retail pot products that could appeal to kids. The bill up for its first hearing in the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, also would ban infused edibles shaped like animals or people. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, smaller-dose pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen in Boulder, Colo. Edible marijuana products in Colorado may soon come labeled with a red stop sign as the state is finalizing work on new rules for the appearance of edible marijuana. A draft of those rules released Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, would require each piece of edible marijuana to be marked in the shape of a stop sign with the letters THC in the middle. The letters stand for marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
FILE - In this June 19, 2014 file photo, freshly baked cannabis-infused cookies cool on a rack inside Sweet Grass Kitchen, an established Denver-based gourmet marijuana edibles bakery which sells its confections to retail outlets throughout the state. A bill up for its first vote in the state legislature on Wed., March 25, 2015 would repeal a 2014 Colorado law requiring pot foods to have a distinct look when out of its packaging. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
Edibles are displayed at Shango Cannabis shop on first day of legal recreational marijuana sales beginning at midnight in Portland, Oregon October 1, 2015. The sale of marijuana for recreational use began in Oregon on October 1, 2015 as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law. REUTERS/Steve Dipaola
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And on November 8, marijuana legalization is on the ballot in nine states. In five of those states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada — voters are choosing whether or not to legalize marijuana in the same way Colorado and Washington already have. It's looking likely that the initiatives will pass in at least three, if not four, of the five states.

Though neither presidential candidate supports legalization, the political lines are clear: Self-identifying Democrats and Independents are around 70% in favor, while Republicans are still against. Just 42% of respondents who identify as Republican are in favor of marijuana legalization.

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