Nearly Two-Thirds of Americans Favor Legal Pot

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And the rest of the country apparently approves, according to a new Gallup poll that shows Americans favor legalization at a higher rate than ever before.

A record high number of respondents to a Gallup poll released Wednesday said they support the legalization of marijuana, including more than half of Republicans polled.

In late November 2012, following the states of Colorado and Washington voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, the Gallup marijuana poll showed support of legalization at 48 percent. It also represents a more-than-fivefold increase over the 12 percent of Americans who said they supported legalization the first time Gallup asked, in 1969.

In response to the latest numbers, the Marijuana Policy Project, the nation's largest marijuana-focused policy organization, said the increased support for legalization "makes sense". "We urge the Department of Justice in particular to continue its policy of not interfering in states with well-regulated adult-use and medical marijuana programs while lawmakers catch up to the will of the people". A majority of Democrats have supported legalization since 2009 and independents first saw majority support for the issue in 2010.

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"An overwhelming majority of Connecticut residents support regulating and taxing marijuana", said Sam Tracy, director of the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana.

Already, marijuana has been legalized in eight states and Washington, DC. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 4 percentage points. "Over the past several years, Gallup has found that Americans have become more liberal on a variety of social issues". Sessions has repeatedly criticized marijuana legalization, according to Forbes.

"Instead of wasting limited law enforcement resources trying to stop successful state-level legalization initiatives, U.S. officials should listen to the clear, bipartisan message the public is sending them, and support federal marijuana reform as well", she added. In the case of marijuana, changes in the law can only really come through either the legislative process or, as has been the case in many states, through a referendum taken to the voters.

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