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Support for marijuana legalization continues to rise among Americans, according to new Pew poll

By: Alicia Wallace, The Cannabist
January 9, 2018 Updated: January 10, 2018 at 6:34 am
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FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2013 file photo, an employee trims away unneeded leaves from pot plants, harvesting the plant's buds to be packaged and sold at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary, in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

Marijuana legalization continues to be viewed more favorably by Americans, buoyed by substantial support from younger adults, according to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center.

Overall, 61 percent of Americans surveyed said they support legalization, a 4-percentage-point increase from last year, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in October 2017 of 1,504 adults.

A total of 37 percent of adults surveyed said marijuana should not be legal; 5 percent were undecided or refused to answer. The margin of error for the total sample size was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

The “six in 10 Americans” support levels align with recently published results from longstanding polling firm Gallup, which reported in October that 64 percent of adult survey respondents said that marijuana should be legalized.

Read more at The Cannabist.

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