aljazeeraamerica: Poll: Majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana For the first time, a clear majority of Americans say they favor legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational uses, Gallup poll results released Tuesday showed. The poll found that 58 percent of those surveyed favored marijuana legalization, up from 50 percent two years ago. When Gallup first asked the question in 1969, only 12 percent favored allowing the drug. Washington state and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational adult use by approving separate ballot measures in November 2012. Some 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the drug to be used for medical purposes. Read more Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

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Poll: Majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana

For the first time, a clear majority of Americans say they favor legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational uses, Gallup poll results released Tuesday showed.

The poll found that 58 percent of those surveyed favored marijuana legalization, up from 50 percent two years ago.

When Gallup first asked the question in 1969, only 12 percent favored allowing the drug.

Washington state and Colorado became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational adult use by approving separate ballot measures in November 2012. Some 20 states and the District of Columbia allow the drug to be used for medical purposes.

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Photo: David McNew/Getty Images