One GIF Shows How Marijuana Support Has Swept Across the U.S. — And the People Who Did It

Public attitudes towards weed have softened so quickly that anti-marijuana activists are starting to look likehistorical anachronisms.

While the radical change in public attitudes toward marijuana has been swift, it also hasn't been overnight. This animated map shows how it took decades of effort — and a major push from below by younger Generation X and millennial voters — to change state laws, and people's minds, on marijuana legalization in the United States:

As the chart shows, some of the states now legalizing medical or recreational marijuana actually first decriminalized pot 30 years or more ago. Attitudes towards marijuana were somewhat looser than during the mid-1980s to early '90s, when, the Baker Institute's Katharine Neill argues, "politicians and the media portrayed the crack epidemic as a plague of the urban ghetto that threatened to ravage the...

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