New Poll Shows Support for Legalizing Marijuana
Gainesville, FL -- Could marijuana become the next legal drug?
The latest national poll shows 52% of americans are in favor of legalization while 45% oppose it.
That's up more than 11 points from just three years ago.
While it's still illegal under federal law, in recent years, several states have decreased penalties on recreational or medical use.
Some North Central Florida residents say that could be the reason it's becoming more widely accepted.
While public opinion could prompt political change, health officials say legalizing and regulating the drug might not solve all of our problems.
"If something is legal, it's perceived as less dangerous. There's going to be greater use, along with greater use will come a decreased average age of initiation of use," Scott Teitelbaum with the UF & Shands Florida Recovery Center said.
Florida is one of 26 states that currently has no legislation on the books either to decriminalize marijuana or approve its use for medicinal purposes.
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