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Half of Americans Favor Legalization of Marijuana, Poll Finds


Half of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, up from 46 percent last year, according to a new Gallup poll.

Among adults under age 30 and those who identified themselves as liberal, support of legalization was more than 60 percent, according to Reuters. In contrast, 31 percent of Americans over age 65 said they support legalization of marijuana.

According to a Gallup news release, the first Gallup poll that asked about Americans’ opinion on the topic, in 1969, found 12 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana. Support for legalization passed 30 percent in 2000, and 40 percent in 2009.

The poll found 55 percent of men and 46 percent of women in the new poll backed legalization. People in the South were less likely than those living in the West, Midwest and East to support such a move.

3 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Brandt Hardin
    Brandt Hardin / October 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I feel this would be a step in the right direction toward making Pot work to help our damaged economies. Marijuana is the safest drug with actual benefits for the user as opposed to alcohol which is dangerous, causes addiction, birth defects, and affects literally every organ in the body. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws.

  2. Avatar of Stephanie
    Stephanie / October 20, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Legalize it as what? Is it going to be like alcohol and people will have to have licenses to sell it? What about folks who want to use it as a ‘prescription’ medication? That’s the confusing part. See where I’m going with this?

  3. doogiem / October 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    An end to cannibas prohibition is possible this decade!!!! If not, I’m sure Ken Burns will do yet another documentary, this time on foibles of cannibas prohibition!

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