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Public support for legalizing marijuana continues to grow

new poll from Rasmussen shows that an all time high of 56% of voters favor legalizing and regulating marijuana:

A solid majority of voters nationwide favor legalizing and regulating marijuana similar to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are currently regulated. Most also don’t believe it should be a crime for people to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes.

A new national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 56% favor legalizing and regulating marijuana in a similar manner to the way alcohol and tobacco cigarettes are regulated. Thirty-six percent (36%) are opposed to such a legalizing and regulating pot.

These results show a nine percent increase since the last time Rasmussen put the question to voters back in March, when they reported that 47% of those surveyed supported the proposition. This poll represents the second time that support for legalizing marijuana has reached the 50% mark or better. In addition to this new poll from Rasmussen, a Gallup poll from October of last year found that for the first time ever, a record high of 50% of Americans believed that marijuana should be made legal.

As these opinion surveys indicate, public support for marijuana legalization is on the rise and will only continue to increase over time. That is why it is so unfortunate that both presidential candidates desperately want to avoid talking about marijuana legalization and drug policy issues in general – though based on the level of support shown in the polls above, they do so at their own peril.

Cross-posted at Examiner.com

Image via High Times Magazine

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  1. June 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    It’s great to see people coming together to support and be active in their cause. Groups are organizing all over the country to speak their minds on reforming pot laws. I drew up a very cool poster for the cause which you can check out on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/vote-teapot-2011.html Drop in and let me know what you think! Vote Teapot and PASS IT!

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