Support is greater than ever for legalizing marijuana

4/20: Growing support for marijuana

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - A CBS news poll released today shows the number of Americans in favor of legalizing marijuana has reached a new high. 61% of Americans think pot should be legal. It's a five-point increase over last year.

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"I'm definitely for it for sure," said Damaris Pinedo.

"I don't think it's a bad thing," commented Sabrina Gauer.

Even here in Rochester, New York, people that I spoke with are for the legalization of marijuana. New York has already given the green light to medical marijuana, but New York

Attorney, Bryan Meltzer, says there's a high possibility that recreational marijuana could get approved in the future.

"A more liberal state like New York - the programs ultimately end up with at least some sort of serious consideration of a recreational program," said Meltzer.

The CBS poll also showed 65% think marijuana is less dangerous than most other drugs, and Rochesterian Damaris Pinedo, agrees.

"It's kind of difficult to say its okay to drink and people abuse that all the time and that's legal compared to something like this. "

Other we spoke with also agree that if recreational marijuana becomes legalized, it has to be some-what monitored. They also believe if marijuana can help relieve pain or
improve a person's overall health, it should be legalized.

"I think it should be regulated because things can get out of control, but i feel like something that is actually grown naturally and could be beneficial to me i would prefer that over something that's pharmaceutical," Pinedo explained.

"I think especially for people that are into holistic medicine that that's a huge step in the right direction, too," said Gauer.

The poll also showed the support for legalization among all age groups - Americans under 35 show the strongest support. Seniors, ages 65 and older, remain the one age group where the majority still thinks marijuana use should be against the law.

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