Poll: More Americans in support of medical marijuana

The survey also shed some light on American marijuana users in general

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(CNN) – More than 80-percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and two thirds believe it’s safer than opioids. That’s according to a recent poll from Yahoo News and Marist.

Researchers quizzed more than 1,100 adults about cannabis and their attitudes toward it. 83-percent of all participants thought medical marijuana should be legal. Support rises to 94-percent among people who say they have tried the drug.

67-percent of respondents said they believed pot was safer than a doctor’s prescription for opioid painkillers, and 66-percent said they’d likely use it for pain if a doctor prescribed it.

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The survey also shed some light on American marijuana users in general. More than half of those surveyed said they had tried pot at some point in their lives, and of people who’ve tried it, 44-percent say they currently use it.

Researchers found that more than half of current marijuana users – 54-percent – are parents.

Data also showed that Americans who use pot regularly are more likely to be male, and a majority of them are millennials.

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