1 In 4 Americans Say They'd Buy Pot If It Became Legal

A recent HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that nine percent of respondents buy marijuana at least on rare occasions, but 26 percent indicated they would if it became legal to do so.  Legalizing the drug would increase the rate of those who buy it often from one to four percent.

"Respondents under age 30 were most likely to say both that they would buy marijuana if it was legal (35 percent) and that they do so now (16 percent). But even among those 65 and older--almost none of whom said they ever buy marijuana now--9 percent said they would buy it at least occasionally if it was legal."

The results also show that, while marijuana use would increase if the drug was legalized, alcohol and cigarettes would likely remain the legal drugs of choice for the majority of respondents.

The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Oct. 19-20 among 1,000 U.S. adults using a sample selected from YouGov's opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion and church attendance.

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Frederique Laubepin

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