New Poll Shows More Americans Back Legalization of Marijuana

A new poll shows support for the legalization of marijuana in the United States has risen to a new high.

On Thursday, Quinnipiac University located in Connecticut released a poll, which showed that 63 percent of the participants backed the legalization of marijuana.

The poll surveyed 1,193 voters between April 20 and April 24.

But support for the legalization of medical marijuana by far supersedes that of recreational cannabis as 93 percent of the participants want to see it happening.

A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver's annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building in downtown Denver April 20, 2015
A man waves a Colorado flag with a marijuana leaf on it at Denver’s annual 4/20 marijuana rally in front of the state capitol building in downtown Denver April 20, 2015. (Image via Reuters)

The U.S. federal government prohibits marijuana, but 29 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, and an additional nine states and the District of British Columbia have legalized recreational pot.

In the poll, 70 percent of respondents said that they oppose enforcement of federal laws prohibiting marijuana in states where it is legal. Meanwhile, only 23 percent were in favor of such enforcement.

Since early January, the U.S. federal government has begun its clampdown on legal cannabis.

Also, 54 percent of the people surveyed said legalizing marijuana would bring in additional revenue through taxes.

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