Support for legalization of marijuana has risen to nearly 60 percent among U.S. adults, according to a study published on Wednesday, marking a near reversal of attitudes held only a decade ago, when just 32 percent of adults favored legalization. More relaxed views about marijuana have led around two dozen states to allow legal access of some type of the drug, and more U.S. states are set to vote on marijuana-related measures on Nov. 8.
These wide-scale arrests have destroyed countless lives while doing nothing to help people who struggle with dependence.Tess Borden, the report’s author
The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on states and the federal government to decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use. The 196-page report by the two human rights groups said the "war on drugs" was a failure, with rates of drug use unchanged since President Richard Nixon launched the campaign more than 40 years ago.