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Democrats embrace legalized pot; Republicans not so much, poll shows

(Source: marketwatch.com)

Weed is growing increasingly mainstream. Of course, you don’t need a Pew Research Center survey to tell you that, but we’ll give you one anyway.

According to Pew, 62% of Americans say marijuana should be legalized. That’s quite a jump from 31%, where that figure stood back in 2000.

As you can see by this chart, the numbers have shifted dramatically over the years, led by acceptance among the younger generations:

The political divide is also stark. Nearly seven in 10 Democrats support legalized pot, as do 75% of independents who lean left. Republicans, while slowly coming around to the idea, are still divided, with only 45% in favor of it. A full 51% still oppose.

The rising support comes as more states are easing their laws on marijuana. Recreational usage is currently legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., while medical marijuana is legal in another 29.

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More Info: marketwatch.com

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