Health — 25 October 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Public support for legalizing marijuana has more than tripled since the 1970’s, according to a new Gallup Poll that also found a clear majority of Americans (58%) now say the drug should be legalized. When Gallup first asked the question in 1969, only 12% of Americans favored legalizing marijuana.

The national poll of 1,028 registered voters was conducted in early October and has a margin of error of 4%. In April, a similar poll by the Pew Research Foundation was the first to find that a majority of Americans favor legalization.

“The dramatically increasing support for making marijuana legal should come as no surprise. Marijuana prohibition has been an abject failure. Most Americans realize it is unjust, wasteful, and counterproductive to invest in the criminalization of adults for using a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol,” said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation’s largest marijuana policy organization.

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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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