According to a Poll conducted by ABC news, 81% of Americans are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.  More and more people are beginning to see the benefits in medical marijuana.  In 1997 only 67% of those polled were in favor of legalizing medical marijuana.

What about us casual pot smokers?  What do Americans think of legalizing or at least decriminalizing marijuana completely?  Unfortunately, popular support isn’t high enough for this to be a landslide, but it is substantial.

Nationwide, 46% of those polled were in favor of completely decriminalizing marijuana.  Not surprisingly, liberals were more in favor of this than conservatives, and the young were substantially more open to the idea than the old.

Age is a factor. Just 23 percent of senior citizens favor legalizing marijuana for personal use; that jumps to 51 percent of adults under age 65. There are political and ideological differences as well: Thirty percent of conservatives and 32 percent of Republicans favor legalization, compared with 49 percent of independents, 53 percent of Democrats and more than half of moderates and liberals alike (53 and 63 percent, respectively)Source: abcnews.go.com

With medical marijuana on the rise in more states, New Jersey the latest, acceptance is inevitable.  Now that California is about to be the first state to hold a public referendum on completely legalizing marijuana, it seems that legal pot is just around the corner.

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