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Support for Legal Marijuana Hits Record High

As Pennsylvania considers marajuana legalization, more Americans than ever are in favor.


Support for the legalization of marijuana is now at a record high, according to a new poll from CBS News.

The poll found 65 percent of American favor legalizing marijuana, which many now see as less harmful than alcohol and less addictive than other drugs. That's up from 59 percent of Americans in 2018 and 45 percent in 2013 .

Additionally, the poll found that support for legalization has grown even in groups who have historically opposed it. A majority (56 percent) of Republicans favored legalization for the first time in the history of the CBS News poll, as well as 49 percent of Americans over the age of 65. The poll found 72 percent of Democrats, and 72 percent of Americans ages 18-34 support legalization.

Colorado was the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. Photo courtesy Alex Person.

Recreational use of marijuana is legal in ten states and the District of Columbia, medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 states, including Pennsylvania. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in the Pennsylvania House and Senate to legalize recreational use .

Lt. Governor John Fetterman is currently conducting a listening tour across the state, stopping in every county to hear residents' thoughts on legalizing marijuana. Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf tweeted a video, checking in with Fetterman about the progress of the tour.

Fetterman will be in Tioga County and Adams County next week on the next stops of his listening tour. If you want to submit your thoughts on the legalization of recreational marijuana to the Governor's Office, you can click here .

You can also click here to see the list of currently scheduled tour stops .

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