Support for legalizing marijuana reaches new high

Marijuana is getting even more popular.
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More Americans than ever believe marijuana should be legal, a CBS News study has found. A whole 61 percent of Americans support its legalization, a five-point leap up from 2016. Seventy-one percent of Republicans, Democrats, and independents oppose efforts to stop marijuana sales in states where it is legal, and 88 percent of Americans support the use of medical marijuana.

There is still a bit of a generation gap on the issue, though, with people over 65 being the most opposed to legalizing marijuana and people under 65 being the most in support of it. In 1979, the same CBS poll showed that just 27 percent of Americans thought marijuana should be legal.

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