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Marijuana and Medical Marijuana after the 2012 Election

Marijuana and Medical Marijuana after the 2012 Election

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Marijuana and Medical Marijuana after the 2012 Election
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CBS News PollMarijuana and Medical Marijuana after the 2012 Election
by Fred BackusNovember 16-19, 2011For the first time since CBS News began asking the question, as many Americans nowthink marijuana use should be legal as think it should not. Following the passage of referendums in Colorado and Washington that made them the first two states to allowmarijuana use to all adults twenty-one years of age and older, support for legalizingmarijuana inched up slightly from 45% in September to 47% today, now matching the47% who think it should remain prohibited. A year ago, a slight majority of Americans opposed legalizing marijuana use.
Should Marijuana Use be Legal?
Now9/201210/20113/20107/1979Legal47%45%40%44%27%Not Legal4749515169 According to exit polls, legalizing marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington with thesupport of a majority of younger voters under the age of 45. Nationwide, this patterncontinues: a majority of Americans under the age of 45 support legalizing marijuana,while more older Americans – particularly those over 65 – oppose. 
Should Marijuana Use be Legal?
Total18-2930-4445-6465+Legal47%54%53%46%30%Not Legal4741424861 Americans are divided by party on this issue as well. While 51% of Democrats and 55%of independents support legalizing marijuana, 66% of Republicans oppose it.
Marijuana for Medical Use
Meanwhile, Massachusetts and Montana joined 17 other states in legalizing marijuanafor medical use, something that has wide support from Americans overall. 83% of  Americans favor allowing doctors to prescribe small amounts of marijuana for patientssuffering from serious illnesses – up from 77% a year ago and 62% back in 1997. Amajority of Americans of all ages - as well as most Republicans, Democrats, andindependents – favor allowing this.
Should Doctors be Allowed to Prescribe Marijuana for Medical Use?
Now10/20112/1997 Allowed83%77%62%Not allowed131733
 
Still, just 29% of Americans think that most of the marijuana that is purchased in thiscountry through state authorized medical marijuana programs is being used to alleviatesuffering from serious medical illness
es, while
53% think it is used for other purposes.This hasn’t changed much from a year ago.
Most Marijuana Prescribed by Doctors is…
Now10/2011For serious medical illness29%31%For other reasons5352Marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, though most Americans don’t think thisis a matter that should involve the federal government. 59% of Americans think whether or not to legalize marijuana should be left up to each individual state government todecide – including 49% of those who oppose legalizing marijuana in general.
Who Should Determine Whether Marijuana is Legal?
Now9/2012State governments59%62%Federal governments3431
 _____________________________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted by telephone from November 16-19, 2012 among 1,100 adults nationwide. Phonenumbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to samplingfor results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The margin of error for the sample of registered voters could be plus or minus three points. The error for subgroups may behigher. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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