Support for marijuana legalization is at an all-time high

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61% of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, a five-point increase from past year and the highest percentage ever recorded in this poll. Overall, about 60 percent of the respondents support recreational legalization.

The department's executive director, Barbara Brohl, told lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that she believes the legal market for marijuana is eating into the black market, funding drug abuse treatment and prevention, and providing a safer product, The Chicago Tribune (http://trib.in/2oU15vk ) reported.

But until then, any adult pot aficionados looking to celebrate the high holiday of 4/20 can at least do so at home - and even give the gift of ganja, up to 1 ounce, to another adult. Again, all listed groups support this reduction. And this year, a new report shows a record-number of Americans want to honor the marijuana's annual day by legalizing it throughout the United States.

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Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove.

Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana for Americans ages 21 and older, and 29 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana.

71% oppose the federal government trying to stop marijuana sale and use in states that have legalized it, including opposition from most Republicans, Democrats, and independents. The overwhelming majority of Americans - 69% - think habitual drug use should be treated as an addiction and mental health problem instead of a criminal offense.

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A recently released Quinnipiac University poll shows support for the legalization of marijuana is at an all-time high. According to CBS, "women are now as much in favor of legal marijuana as men are; in previous years they were less so".

Most people under 65 say they've tried marijuana, while only a quarter of those over 65 say they have have.

Sessions has said he believes marijuana causes "real violence", but most Americans disagree, CBS found. While sponsors say the bill won't get a vote this legislative session, they're beginning a series of hearings on how to craft the law. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

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