Record 59% Now Want Pot to Be Legalized

Record 59% Now Want Pot to Be Legalized

By Bryan Le 10/25/12

A new poll shows Americans' support for marijuana legalization at an all-time high.

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Support for the legalization of marijuana movement has just hit a record high, with a whopping 59% in favor, according to a recent poll by YouGov for the Huffington Post. This latest hike builds on the 55% who supported legalization, according to a poll taken last year. The numbers included 51% who want weed to be taxed and regulated like alcohol, and another 8% who believe it should be legalized, but not taxed and regulated. Only 26% of respondents said that marijuana shouldn't be legalized, with another 15% unsure. Support for medical marijuana is even higher: 64% of respondents favor permitting doctors to prescribe small amounts of pot, with 23% opposed. Support for medical marijuana is highest among people between 45 and 64 years of age— 74% of whom were in favor, compared with 56% of younger adults. Other polls from the likes of Gallup and the Pew Research Center reveal lower numbers in support of legalization—at 50% and below. But HuffPost claims the difference is accounted for by its methodology: instead of polling by phone, the YouGov poll was carried out online and offered a third—and most popular—option of legalize and tax and regulate.

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter

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