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WIRE: Police survey shows attitudes shifting toward marijuana legalization

Washington, DC — Nearly seven in ten police officers believe that marijuana ought to be legally regulated for either medicinal or recreational purposes, according to a Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 law enforcement personnel.

Thirty-two percent of respondents supported legalizing the plant for adults, while another 37 percent agreed that marijuana ought to be regulated for medical purposes only. Thirty percent of police said that marijuana ought to continue to be illegal for any reason.

Law enforcement’s views continue to be more conservative than those of the general public – 81 percent of whom endorse the legalization of medical cannabis and 60 percent of whom support broader legalization for adults.

For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

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