Just a week after the Department of Justice decided not to sue Colorado and Washington over legalizing recreational marijuana, John McCain announced Thursday he may be receptive to legalizing the drug.
During a town hall meeting in Tuscon, McCain said that the “will of the people” led to his openness of legalization.
“Maybe we should legalize,” McCain said. “We’re certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned.”
Meghan McCain, his daughter, has also come out in favor of legalizing marijuana. In June of 2012, she announced her support and admitted to having used it before.
“I'm for legalization of marijuana," she said. "I think Arizonans have the right to decide what they want to do in this state and they don't have to have the federal government's permission.”
According to a Pew Research Center poll published in April, the majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana for the first time in 40 years. Support has dramatically increased since 2010, with an 11 percent rise.
Additionally, 72 percent of Americans believe government efforts to enforce marijuana laws cost more than they’re worth.