Majority of Americans Support Legalization Of Marijuana


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A new Quinnipiac poll shows that a majority of Americans now favor the legalization of Marijuana.  The poll supports legalization by 51% to 44% and shows much greater support by younger voters as opposed to older ones.  The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,949 registered voters by phone between Nov. 28 and Dec. 3, with a 2.2 percent margin of error.  Sixty-six percent of voters under the age of thirty, and fifty-nine percent of men, favor legalization, while fifty-two percent of women oppose it. People over the age of sixty-five were mostly in opposition, with just thirty-five percent supporting legalization.  This of course is no surprise but an indication that as the older population passes on, and younger people become a larger proportion of the electorate, more states will support legalization.  Not surprisingly, in another Quinnipiac poll, younger voters also support same-sex marriage but the margin of support is closer with forty-eight percent in favor and forty-six percent opposed.  In 2008 when Quinnipiac did the same poll on same-sex marriage, only thirty-six percent were in favor and fifty-five percent were opposed.  What this demonstrates is younger voters are more liberal and there’s an overall trend towards liberalism in the country.  One very important point needs to be made; legalization of Marijuana does not mean acceptance.  For example, a number of companies in Colorado, which recently voted to legalize marijuana, will still do drug testing.  If someone tests positive for marijuana, he/she will be fired.  In addition, many companies now pre-screen for drugs before offering a position and can deny a job to anyone testing positive for drugs, including Marijuana.  That does not change simply because the law did.  So legalization doesn’t mean companies will be forced to incorporate pot smoking, designated break areas for their employees.

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