A new high: Poll finds record support for pot legalization

People who have tried or use marijuana are more likely to worry children will smoke cigarettes.

CBS has been polling Americans on their views on marijuana since 2013.

Even so, the White House has said police will enforce federal marijuana laws - which still lists pot as an illegal substance - when they conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted. A majority of the states offer medical marijuana while eight states and the District of Columbia allow for recreational usage. Yet there is bipartisan support for marijuana legalization, she says, which is a true rarity these days.

More than 60 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of the government's Cannabis Act proposed on April 13, but two-thirds believed a successfully enacted legislation would not deter young people from increasing their marijuana consumption.

The issue of personal cultivation is also popping up in the recreational pot debate, with the government's proposed legislation allowing for up to four plants per residence, with no plant to exceed one metre in height.

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While support for legalization has risen across all age groups, millennials are most in favor of legalizing weed, while those older than 65 are most opposed. But vigorous campaigns for legalization, alongside growing frustrations about the state of drug laws in America, have done much to turn the tide. Sessions in the past has compared marijuana use to opioid addiction and promised to do his utmost to oppose its legalization in the long term.

"From a stigmatized, risky drug bought in the shadows, to an accepted treatment for various ills, to a widely accepted recreational outlet, marijuana has made it to the mainstream", noted Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

Of the respondents who use marijuana, 95 percent have told their spouses and close friends about their own marijuana consumption, and 72 percent have told their parents.

A new poll surveying adult cannabis users throughout the US found there is widespread concern the Department of Justice (DOJ) will orchestrate some type of crackdown on state legalization laws. 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. For the landline sample, a respondent was randomly selected from all adults in the household.

This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

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