Half of Americans Would Legalize Pot

    The bud of a marijuana plant grown by George and Jean Hanamoto is seen at their home in the Mendocino County community of Willits, Calif., Wednesday, May 28, 2008.  Under a law passed in 2000, allows county residents to grow up to 25 marijuana plants for medical, recreational or personal use.   A measure before county voters in the June 3 primary would scale back the law allowing only six plants to be grown.  George Hanamoto, 74, who uses marijuana to relieve glaucoma and for back pain, said cutting plant limits would hurt people like him because growing conditions mean he can't always get the maximum out of each plant.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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    Though the feds announced in July that they would not be legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the decision has seemingly only fueled support for the drug among Americans. A new Gallup poll revealed that a record 50 percent of respondents—up from 46 percent last year—say pot should be legalized. Since Gallup first began polling on the question in 1969, when only 12 percent of citizens were in favor of legalization, the numbers have only increased. The latest poll was conducted in early October and surveyed a random sample of 1,005 adults across the country.

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