Mar 13, 2014
Poll Finds Majority of Americans Support Legalizing Pot
Posted on Jan 7, 2014
The so-called gateway drug is getting some respect: Echoing results from a Gallup poll taken in October, a CNN/ORC International survey found this week that 55 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana—and they’re not so inclined to moralize about it either.
The results, released Monday, suggest that attitudes about pot have changed considerably since the ’70s, although some from that generation still show signs that the anti-marijuana messages of that era hit home, as CNN noted that day:
And, as Colorado and Washington state have demonstrated, Americans looking to light up don’t necessarily have to cite chronic disease or pain problems to justify their use.
That said, 47 percent in the poll still held the “gateway drug” belief, suggesting endless marketing possibilities for a nationwide rebranding campaign.
—Posted by Kasia Anderson
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