Record high 60 per­cent of Amer­i­cans back le­gal pot

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A record high 60 per­cent of Amer­i­can adults sup­port le­gal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana, ac­cord­ing to a new Gallup poll re­leased three weeks be­fore vot­ers in nine states de­cide whether to ex­pand le­gal ac­cess to pot.

When Gallup first asked about this is­sue in 1969, 12 per­cent of Amer­i­cans sup­ported le­gal­iza­tion. By 2000, sup­port had in­creased to 31 per­cent and has con­tin­ued climb­ing since then, reach­ing 58 per­cent last year.

Recre­ational use of mar­i­juana is cur­rently le­gal in Alaska, Colorado, Ore­gon, Wash­ing­ton state and the Dis­trict of Columbia. De­pend­ing on the Elec­tion Day out­come, they could be joined by Ari­zona, Cal­i­for­nia, Maine, Mas­sachusetts and Ne­vada.

Three other states — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will be de­cid­ing whether to per­mit mar­i­juana for med­i­cal pur­poses. Mon­tanans will vote on whether to ease re­stric­tions on an ex­ist­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana law.

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