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WIRE: Majority of Americans favor legalization in new poll

Hamden, CT — The majority of US voters believe that the adult use of cannabis should be legalized, while more than nine in ten Americans endorse allowing its use for therapeutic purposes, according to the results of nationwide polling data provided by Quinnipiac University.

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Fifty-four percent of respondents say that the “use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States.” Support for legalization is strongest among those age 18 to 39 (69 percent), Democrat voters (65 percent), Independents (61 percent), and males (60 percent). Support is weakest among Republicans (36 percent), those over 65 years of age (37 percent), and female voters (47 percent).

By contrast, super-majorities in all demographic categories – including 94 percent of Democrats, 93 percent of Independents, and 81 percent of Republicans – support permitting physicians to authorize medical marijuana use to qualified patients.

In response to a separate polling question, 87 percent of respondents agreed with a recently enacted Congressional amendment authorizing Veterans Administration physicians to recommend cannabis therapy to military veterans in states that permit it.

The poll’s results are similar to those of numerous recent national surveys, including those by CBS News, the Associated Press, and Gallup showing majority support for marijuana law reform.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, or Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.

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