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Pew Research Center: Majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana

Last month, we wrote about the New Hampshire House's vote of 286-64 in support of establishing a medical marijuana program in the Granite State. Next week, the Senate will hold a hearing to determine if the proposed bill - which would enable individuals who suffer from chronic or terminal illnesses to use the drug under a doctor's recommendation - will pass.

In the meantime, the Pew Research Center, an American think tank organization, has published a new survey that focuses on people's opinions about marijuana. According to the national study - which included 1,501 adults - 52 percent of respondents said the drug should be made legal while 45 percent indicated that it should remain against the law. This data is significant, as it's the first time in more than four decades that a majority of Americans support legalizing the drug.

When broken down by generation, Millennials - individuals who are between 18 and 30 years old - expressed the most overwhelming desire to decriminalize marijuana, with 65 percent saying that it should be legal. As for members of the Baby Boomer and Generation X time periods, 50 percent and 54 percent of respondents showed support, respectively.

The study also illuminated sentiments about prescribing marijuana for medicinal purposes, revealing that an overwhelming majority of those polled believe it can be useful in that way.

"Opinions also have changed about whether marijuana has legitimate medical uses," states Pew. "By 77 percent to 16 percent, most say that marijuana does have legitimate medical uses. In an ABC News survey in 1997, a smaller majority (58 percent) said it had legitimate medical uses, while 34 percent said it did not."

If you have been accused of any crime involving marijuana, be sure you have the best legal team on your side of the courtroom. Working with an experienced New Hampshire lawyer can ensure that you don't unnecessarily suffer under the strict marijuana laws the state currently has in place.

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