Sure, extra folks within the US are smoking weed throughout the pandemic

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In particular, 67 percent of 18 to 24 year olds were in favor of legalization, 74 percent of 25 to 34 year olds and 68 percent of respondents between 35 and 44 years of age. Compare this with just 40 percent among those aged 65 to 74 and 30 percent among those aged 75 and over.

Survey, poll or questionnaire for user experience or customer satisfaction research.  Quality control and feedback concept.  Man choosing his opinion with smileys on touchscreen.There is still a significant age gap in support of cannabis legalization in Wyoming. /. Photo by Tero Vesalainen / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Rodney Wambeam, a senior scientist at WYSAC, is cautious. “Despite the increasing dangers of marijuana use, such as addiction or drug-driving, young people in particular seem to see marijuana as a safe and natural alternative to alcohol and other illegal drugs,” the Wambeam statement said.

“As marijuana legalization and decriminalization laws change in the United States, particularly in nearby states, it’s not surprising that attitudes are changing in Wyoming,” added Brian Harnisch, senior research scientist at WYSAC.

However, beyond legalization, support for the erasure of the records of people convicted of nonviolent cannabis crimes seems to be growing too. Poll results released by You.Gov this week show that 70 percent of respondents either strongly or in some way support such a move.

Politically, 81 percent of those who identify themselves as Democrats would be in favor of expulsion, compared with 57 percent of Republicans and 69 percent of Independents, according to Marihuana Moment.

President-elect Joe Biden is not currently advocating federal legalization of cannabis but would instead seek to decriminalize possession and remove previous nonviolent convictions for cannabis. Some hope that the House’s move to approve a federal cannabis legalization bill that includes an eradication provision will drive some progress in that regard.

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