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Just 10 Percent Of Americans Think Marijuana Should Be Totally Illegal, Pew Poll Finds

Just one in ten Americans say that marijuana should remain completely illegal, according to a new Pew Research Center poll.

The survey, published on Tuesday, found that an “overwhelming share of U.S. adults” (89 percent) feel that cannabis should be legal for either medical or recreational purposes. Among those, 59 percent say it should be legal for both and 30 percent want to allow medical use only.

There are partisan divides—with 45 percent of Republican and Republican-leaning independents backing total legalization, compared to 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners—but support is much stronger among younger adults in both parties.

“A 62 percent majority of Republicans ages 18 to 29 favor making marijuana legal for medical and recreational use, compared with 52 percent of those ages 30 to 49,” Pew said. “Roughly four-in-ten Republicans ages 50 to 64 (41 percent) and 65 to 74 (38 percent) say marijuana should be legal for both purposes, as do 18 percent of those 75 and older.”

As more states allow the use of marijuana, the public continues to favor legalizing the drug for medical and recreational purposes.

— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) November 22, 2022

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