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Friday, April 5, 2013

More Favor Marijuana Legalization Than Not

Marijuana has been one of the biggest hot-button topics in last few years; from medical marijuana to all out legalization talks from state to state. There are many in this country who believe that despite the inherent health concerns associated with marijuana, the drug should be legalized the same way that alcohol is - or at least in a similar manner.

A new survey recently conducted has shown that the majority of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana. The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center; their findings represent a shift in public opinion, especially with the younger people, Reuters reports.

The Pew Research Center’s findings indicate that this is the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue that a majority of Americans favor legalizing marijuana.

52 percent of those surveyed favor legalization, while 45 percent oppose it. 

Among Americans ages 18 and 32, the survey found 65 percent favor legalizing marijuana, up from 36 percent in 2008. Among Baby Boomers, the survey found, half favor legalization, up from 17 percent in 1990. 59 percent of Democrats favor legalization, compared with 37 percent of Republicans.

Tom Angell, Chairman of the advocacy group Marijuana Majority, told Reuters, "You’re going to start seeing more politicians running toward our movement instead of away from it, just as we’ve seen happen with same-sex marriage."
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