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New Poll Finds 51 Percent of Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana


A poll released Wednesday finds 51 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, while 44 percent oppose it. Men and younger voters are more likely to support legalization, Reuters reports.

The Quinnipiac University poll was released a month after voters in Colorado and Washington state approved the recreational use of marijuana. The drug remains illegal under federal law.

“With the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes legal in about 20 states, and Washington and Colorado voting this November to legalize the drug for recreational use, American voters seem to have a more favorable opinion about this once-dreaded drug,” Peter Brown of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said in a news release.

Two-thirds of voters under age 29 support legalizing marijuana; a majority of voters over age 65 oppose the idea. “It seems likely, however, that given the better than two-to-one majority among younger voters, legalization is just a matter of time,” Brown said. The poll found 59 percent of men, and 44 percent of women, want marijuana to be legalized.

7 Responses to this article

  1. Dwayne / December 9, 2012 at 6:25 am

    The people are speaking Feds listen up and obide by the people!Or step down!!!!

  2. Ken Wolski / December 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    The harms associated with the prohibition of marijuana are greater than the harms associated with marijuana itself. You can get over an addiction, but you can never get over a conviction. The current policy not only makes no sense, it doesn’t work. It is no surprise there is rapidly increasing popular support for legalizing–taxing and regulating–marijuana.

  3. Jonathan Krejci / December 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    The question is whether legalization would result in more or less overall harm to society. Therefore, any discussion of this issue has to include the harm caused by the fact that marijuana is illegal, including the many thousands of people (disproportionately African-American) who are jailed for possession, and the countless resources devoted to trying to enforce laws that are disregarded by a large segment of the population (most of whom, BTW, do use marijuana recreationally).

  4. mary helene / December 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    If you carry the addiction gene, no matter if it’s alcohol or drugs, you become an addict. So with a large number of families struggling with more than one member who is an alcoholic and or drug addict, I guess the prolegalization group are addicts. Recreation use my foot! Now we have to deal with second hand “pot smoke” for those of us who are very aware of our genetic make up. How many holes in the brain do pot smokers have? A bunch…

  5. Jon Weeldreyer / December 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    It feels to me like there is no leadership or focus for those supporting the continued controlled substance status of Marijuana. There appears to be great PR being done by the Pro-legalization side. As significant studies continue to mount about the negative impacts of cannabis – medically and psychologically, it seems like these rarely leave the world of medical journals. It’s bizarre to me.

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    Mike / December 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    How many of the individuals of the 51% are aware of the physical and mental problems caused from cannabis?

  7. Joshua / December 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    That might be because the anti-legalization stance makes no sense. We can see the damage done by alcohol every day; the effects of marijuanna use are by every measure less severe. Anyone on the side of keeping marijuanna illegal, who is not also an advocate of alcohol prohibition is a hypocrite.

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