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Support for legal pot down from high, Gallup poll shows

The Los Angeles Times

Even as the national experiment legalizing recreational pot spread this week to Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., a new poll suggests the enthusiasm among voters has hit a plateau.

A majority, 51 percent, favors legalizing marijuana, according to a Gallup poll. That’s about where support has been since 2011, but a drop from the 58 percent who told Gallup last year they supported legalization. Last year’s poll occurred just after Colorado had voted to allow marijuana to be sold in stores.

Since the last poll, marijuana stores have opened their doors in those states, and some parts of the rollout have been bumpy. Gallup’s analysts wrote in a blog post that public support may have been weakened by several unwelcome headlines in Colorado around the sale of pot-infused candies, cookies and other sweets that would appeal to children.


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