Politics Podcast: Americans Think The War On Drugs Failed. Do Politicians Agree?

Should marijuana be legal in the United States? In the last 20 years, Americans have reversed their views on this issue to a degree rarely seen in politics. In 2001, 34 percent of Americans said yes, to Gallup. Today it is 68 percent. A multitude of polls suggests that a majority of Americans now prefer both decriminalization everything drug consumption or clearly change the penalty.

While there have been some bipartisan movement Politicians don’t seem quite up to speed with Americans on this issue. As Congress considers legislation that would decriminalize marijuana and end inequality in judgments on crack and cocaine offenses, Galen Druke speaks with a FiveThirtyEight staffer Lester Black about what Americans think about what should be done about drugs and how politicians are reacting to it.

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