New York, NY: The majority of US adults support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in their states, according to nationwide polling data compiled by CBS News.
Fifty-five percent of respondents say that they want to see legalization in their home states. Among those already residing in legal states, 60 percent said that they favor the policy change.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents also favor expunging the criminal records of those with past marijuana convictions.
Few of those polled acknowledged being regular consumers of cannabis, and this decision appeared to be largely unaffected by the plant’s legal status. Seven percent of respondents residing in legal states reporting using cannabis versus five percent of those surveyed in jurisdictions where its recreational use remains illegal.
The CBS poll is the latest in a series of recent national polls showing that most Americans believe that the possession and use of marijuana by adults should be legally permitted.
The survey’s margin of error is +/- 3.7 percentage points. Additional polling data is available from NORML.