It is easy to see that cannabis use has become more morally acceptable in American society. More and more states have passed various legalization laws, more federal politicians are embracing legalization, polling shows strong support, and you cannabis is being discussed more within our mainstream culture. A new Gallup poll now shows that 70% of Americans view cannabis as morally acceptable, up five points from last year, just below gambling (71%).
Americans View 13 of 21 Issues as Morally Acceptable
Of the 21 issues included in the latest poll, all but five have been measured since the early 2000s, and 13 are considered morally acceptable to majorities of Americans.
- At least seven in 10 U.S. adults say birth control, drinking alcohol, getting a divorce, sex between an unmarried man and woman, gambling, and smoking marijuana are acceptable moral behaviors.
- Likewise, two-thirds of Americans consider gay or lesbian relations, having a baby outside of marriage and medical research using human embryonic stem cells as acceptable.
- In addition to the death penalty, medical testing on animals, buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur, and doctor-assisted suicide are morally acceptable to narrower majorities.
While utilizing cannabis is deemed more moral more so by liberals at 83%, a majority of conservatives (51%) now feel that using cannabis is a morally acceptable choice. Once again, it is great to see progress across the political spectrum, but the overall results remind us that we still have a lot of work to be done to combat decades of Reefer Madness propaganda. Drinking alcohol is viewed as morally acceptable by 86% of Americans when cannabis use is clearly the safer joice. Also, the fact that 28% of Americans still view cannabis use as immoral can have huge implications in housing, employment, child custody, and other aspects of our lives.
Step by step, we’re making change for the better, but revolutions are marathons, not sprints. Keep sharing your experiences and the truth about cannabis and we’ll continue making strides for true freedom and equality.