According to a recent Gallup Poll, a majority of Americans say they'd support legalizing marijuana. The poll, released on Tuesday, put those in favor at 58-percent. Even for the men and women who do not use it, marijuana is still something to talk about.
"If you can turn this problem with the battle of these drug wars into a positive - legalize it, make money off of it, tax the - tax the hell out of it if you want. See if that solves the problem," Matt Sorteberg, a 27-year-old who lives in Sioux Falls, said.
"For me, personally, not a fan of it. Legalizing it, I'd probably vote no," Molly Grady, a 22-year-old Augustana College student, said.
Two years ago, support was at 50-percent. Up eight points, this is the first time more than half of Americans say marijuana should be legal. According to the poll, the biggest support comes from independent voters, and, "Majorities of all age groups up to age 64 also support legalization, including two-thirds of those from 18 to 29."
"Those who are in their sixties come from the generation that said, 'Whatever you do is fine, as long as you feel good,'" Dennis Ford, Executive Dir. Tallgrass Recovery and Sober Living, said.
Ford is not saying it should be OK to light up, but he does not think legalizing marijuana will bring more people through the doors of his facility.
"Is it going to make any difference? No, I don't think it going to make any difference at all. You're still going to have the same population that is addicted, and that is approximately five to ten percent of people," Ford said.
In Portugal, legalizing marijuana seems to help cap drug abuse. Two years ago, Forbes published an article about Portugal, which legalized marijuana a decade ago.
In that time, drug abuse is down 50-percent. As for whether marijuana is a gateway drug, Ford says that is debatable.
"Because the substances are out there and people are using them whether they're legal or illegal. It really doesn't make much difference to an addict." Ford said.