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Poll: A record number of Americans say pot use should be legal

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A record number of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, according to a new poll released by pollster Gallup today.

In 2015, 58 percent of Americans say that cannabis use should be legal in the U.S. — tying the highest acceptance numbers (from 2013) in the polling firm’s 46 years of asking Americans about marijuana. 

The Gallup poll was conducted Oct. 7-11.

And Gallup predicts Americans’ support for legalization will only increase in the years to come.

“Given the patterns of support by age, that percentage should continue to grow in the future,” Jeffrey M. Jones wrote for Gallup. “Younger generations of Americans have been increasingly likely to favor legal use of marijuana as they entered adulthood compared with older generations of Americans when they were the same age decades ago. Now, more than seven in 10 of today’s young adults support legalization.”

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