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A survey released this week revealed that a majority of American parents now support medical marijuana legalization, and about half of them support legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
The author of the study was The Partnership at Drugfree.org, which is one of the harshest critics of marijuana use in the United States.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org addressed the growing acceptance of marijuana in the United States in their survey titled “Marijuana: It’s Legal, Now What?”.
The authors of the study stated, “With marijuana now legal for recreational use in Colorado and Washington State, for medical use in 18 states and the District of Columbia, and effectively decriminalized in 14 states, it’s clear that society’s approach to marijuana is changing dramatically.”
Seventy percent of the study’s respondents said they favor medical marijuana legalization, while 52 percent favor marijuana decriminalization, and about 42 percent favor legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The Partnership at Drugfree.org interviewed over 1,600 adults, 1,200 of which were parents of children ages 10 to 19.
Support for each of the three legalization scenarios – medical legalization, legalization for recreational use, and decriminalization – increased from 3 to 11 percentage points when respondents were given more details explaining the meaning of each scenario.