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More than half of U.S. adults want to legalize marijuana

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A new survey finds U.S. adults increasingly supportive of marijuana legalization, with 57 percent saying that the drug should be made legal.

The Pew Research Center’s findings highlight loosening opposition to legalization just a month before voters in five states will be asked whether they want to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

A decade ago, opposition was much stronger, with only 32 percent of U.S. adults favoring legalization.

The survey finds stark differences in opinion among different age groups. Among those between the ages of 18 and 35, support for marijuana legalization is the highest at 71 percent. The survey also found dramatic shifts in support for legalization among older Americans over the last two decades. – READ MORE

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