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Slim majority call for marijuana legalization in latest poll

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In what poll officials called a slim majority, Americans support the legalization of marijuana.

Quinnipiac University released the results of its latest poll on Monday.

In it, 54 percent of voters thought that the use of marijuana should be made legal in the United States. Forty-one percent said "no."

Researchers said there was a gender gap.

Men supported the general legalization of marijuana 60 percent to 37 percent.

Hartford resident, David Jones supports legislation, "We should legalize marijuana, man. It's awesome."

Women were more sharply divided with 48 percent in favor and 46 percent opposed.

Hartford resident, Andrea Morgan, however, is not in favor of the efforts to legalize marijuana, "It is causing a lot of trouble and legalizing it is really just taking something that's bad and making it good as far as your justice system is concerned."

Republicans were largely opposed, 62 to 36 percent. Voters over the age of 65 were also opposed. 57 to 37 percent.

All of the other groups polled were in favor.

As far as medical marijuana goes, an overwhelming amount of voters said U.S. Veterans Administration doctors should be allowed to prescribe marijuana in pill form to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Those polled were in favor 87 to 9 percent.

"Sadly I think a lot of individuals who do fight for our country come back with a lot of problems and I'm very sympathetic to that," said Morgan.

Support for that was 79 percent or higher for every party, gender, age or racial group.

"If you serve your country and suffer for it, you deserve every health remedy available, including medical marijuana in pill form," said said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "That is the full-throated recommendation of Americans across the demographic spectrum, including voters in military households."

Increasing the scope of the question, American voters supported 89 to 9 percent in allowing adults to legally use medical marijuana if prescribed by a doctor. 

Researchers said the poll was conducted between May 24 and May 30.

The margin of error was +/- 2.5 percentage points.

To read more about the poll, click here.

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