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Majority of Americans Favor Legalization of Pot

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A new Gallup poll out yesterday (October 22nd) found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, with 58 percent saying they are in favor of it, up 10 percent in just the last year.

Back in 1969, when Gallup first asked the question, just 12 percent supported legalization. These results came after voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of the drug in last November’s elections, and as more states plan to put legalization measures on the ballot in 2014 and 2016.

Close to two-thirds of both Democrats and independents now support legalization, however just 35 percent of Republicans do. There’s also an age divide, with 53 percent of voters age 65 and over opposed to legalization, compared to just 31 percent of voters who are 18 to 29.

I’ve argued in favor of legalization dating back 20+ years to my days as a talk radio host. Years and years of research have proven that it isn’t as harmful as alcohol, that it has a number of medical uses, and in general terms, will lighten the load in courts and jails. Legalize it, tax it, help bring down the national debt and let the recreational users enjoy.

What’s your stance?

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