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Graph: Which Drugs Should America Legalize Next?

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Turns out most Americans aren’t in favor of legalizing any new drugs, aside from pot. While more than 50% of the general public supports legalizing recreational marijuana, and 70% back medical marijuana, less than 10% are in favor of legalizing any other drugs. This is according to a recent poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Huffington Post and YouGov Polls.

Ibogaine and peyote (both psychedelic plants) garnered the most support, with 17 and 15% respectively backing their legalization. MDMA, crack and heroin tied with 9% support each. And the drugs which least Americans want legal? Meth and LSD, which got 8% each (see the chart below).

Surprisingly, the results didn’t differ much between generations: people under 65 were more likely to support the legalization of drugs other than marijuana, but not by much. For example, 11% of the under-65 group supported legalizing LSD, versus 4% above the age of 65.

So it looks like legal marijuana hasn’t exactly swung the doors wide open for other drugs. But overall attitudes towards criminalization are changing: most people surveyed believed that first time offenders for possession should not immediately be thrown in to jail, and instead forced to undergo some form of treatment.