18 Oct '11, 8am

Half of all Americans now support legalising marijuana

WASHINGTON - Half of Americans now support legalising marijuana use, a record level, amid growing support for decriminalisation that could build pressure to eventually change United States laws on the drug, a Gallup poll showed yesterday. The poll showed that support was highest among liberals and adults under age 30, with more than 60 per cent of respondents in those categories favouring legalisation. Support was lowest, at just 31 per cent, among Americans over age 65. "Support for legalising marijuana has been increasing over the past several years, rising to 50 per cent today, the highest on record," a summary of the poll said. Another 46 per cent said marijuana should remain illegal. "If this current trend on legalising marijuana continues, pressure may build to bring the nation's laws into compliance with the people's wishes," the summary added. Gallup said support f...

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