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    Poll: Most Americans Want Pot Legalized

    This Jan. 26, 2013 photo taken at a grow house in Denver shows a marijuana plants ready to be harvested. Last fall, voters made Washington and Colorado the first states to pass laws legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and setting up systems of state-licensed growers, processors and retail stores where adults over 21 can walk in and buy up to an ounce of heavily taxed cannabis. Both states are working to develop rules for the emerging recreational pot industry, with sales set to begin later this year.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

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    The times they are a changin'. On Thursday, the Pew Research Center found that, for the first time in 40 years of polling, the majority of Americans support marijuana legalization. According to a national survey, 52 percent of American adults support pot legalization, up 11 points from 2010, while 45 percent are against it. A full 65 percent of young Americans between the ages of 18 and 32, along with 50 percent of boomers, are pro-legalization, Pew said. Only 38 percent of poll respondents agreed that marijuana is a “gateway” to harder drugs, and less than a third find smoking pot “morally wrong.” In terms of party lines, 59 percent of Democrats support legalizing pot, while only 37 percent of Republicans do.

    Read it at Pew Research Center