Health — 04 April 2013

512px-Cannabis_sativa00By Pat Anson, Editor

For the first time, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing the use of marijuana. A national survey by the Pew Research Foundation found that 52% believe the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45% say it should not.

Even bigger majorities support the use of medical marijuana. By 77% to 16%, most say that marijuana does have legitimate medical uses. Support for medical marijuana is broad and cuts across age and party lines; with 76% of Democrats, 72% of Republicans and 60% of Americans aged 65 and older saying marijuana has legitimate medical uses.

About a third of those surveyed (30%) said they had used marijuana in the past year for a medical issue. Nearly half (47%) said they used it “just for fun.”

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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