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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

American Support For Marijuana Legalization


Marijuana is a hot button topic in America; there are a number of people who would like to see the drug legalized. However, there has been little scientific data to support the cause which is why the California Medical Association (CMA) is asking for the Obama administration to stop the prohibition which has gone on in this country for over 70 years. The CMA believes that lifting the ban will allow for more research to be conducted, shedding light on the medical properties of the substance.

A new poll conducted by Gallup has shown that half of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, up from 46 percent last year.

Among adults under age 30, who have deemed themselves as liberals, 60 percent support of legalization, according to Reuters. Surprisingly, 31 percent of Americans over age 65 said they support legalization of marijuana as well.

The first Gallup poll that asked about Americans to give their thoughts on the subject, in 1969, found 12 percent of Americans favored legalizing marijuana. Support for legalization passed 30 percent in 2000, and 40 percent in 2009.

55 percent of men and 46 percent of women in the new poll backed legalization.

Medical marijuana has had a lot of influence on people regarding their thoughts about the drug. Typically, the drug is not associated with violent crimes making it more acceptable in the public’s eye.

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