"Critics have dismissed the survey, saying its questions were asked in a particularly leading fashion – a charge that Rasmussen contests," Wood writes. "But experts who track the issue say the poll is consistent with the overall trend of steadily rising acceptance of marijuana use." The new number is "the strongest support ever recorded in favor of marijuana legalization in the U.S.," Dale Gieringer, California coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. "He says the trend can be expected to continue, since younger voters are more favorable toward ending marijuana prohibition than older ones," Wood reports.
Some agricultural interests also favor legalization as a way to revive the hemp industry, which would use plants cultivated without removal of male plants, the technique that has greatly raised the amount of psychoactive ingredient in plants raised for drug use.