Only One In Ten Americans Want To Keep Marijuana Totally Illegal, Poll Finds

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Two-thirds of U.S. adults believe the federal government should legalize recreational or medical marijuana, according to an Ipsos poll released this week. An additional 21 percent say states should be able to decide on legalization without federal interference. Just 11 percent of respondents in the survey said marijuana should remain strictly federally illegal across the board. Support for cannabis legalization has steadily grown in the U.S. in recent decades and has continued to spread in the years since individual states began legalizing. Earlier this month a Quinnipiac poll found that 69 percent of all Americans now favor ending prohibition, an all-time high since Quinnipiac University began tracking the issue in 2012. Two other polls, released this month by Pew Research Center and CBS News, show strong majorities in favor of legalization. The new poll by Ipsos, a Paris-based market research firm, was conducted earlier this month and released on April 20. Beyond their stance on legalization, the survey also asked Americans what they believe the effects of cannabis legalization would be. Half said they strongly (16 percent) or somewhat (34 percent) agreed that tax revenue from legal cannabis would improve neighborhoods, while only about a quarter (26 percent) said there would be more crime near cannabis retailers. More than a third (34 percent), meanwhile, said they strongly (13 percent) or somewhat (21 percent) agreed that legalization benefits the rich more than the poor. Thirty-six percent disagreed. Many respondents, however, replied that they didn’t know the answers to several questions. Thirty percent said they were unsure whether legalization would benefit the rich more than the poor, 24 percent were unsure about crimes near cannabis stores and 23 percent were unsure about marijuana taxes helping neighborhoods. As for how cannabis and legalization might affect health, nearly half (49 percent) said they either…

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