Poll: For first time, a majority of Americans support legalizing pot

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For the first time in the polling firm’s history, Gallup has found a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana. Fifty-eight percent of respondents, according to Gallup, said they’d support legalizing the substance — an increase of 10 percentage points in the past year alone.Gallup attributes most of the recent surge in support for legalization to movement among self-identified independents. Sixty-two percent of independents now support legalization, up from 50 percent just a year ago. By contrast, support levels from Democrats and Republicans remain mostly unchanged, with 65 percent of Democrats supporting legalization (up from 61 percent last year) and 35 percent of Republicans doing the same (up from 33 percent a year ago).Overall, the public mood with regard to marijuana has experienced a seismic shift in the more than 40 years since Gallup first asked the legalization question in 1969. Then, a scant 12 percent of respondents said yes.Continue Reading…

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