-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Most American adults who
support marijuana legalization oppose legal marijuana use among
children and teens, according to a new survey.
While 40 percent of adults are in favor of legalizing
recreational marijuana, a majority of them believe it should only
be legal for adults over age 21, according to the survey results
released Tuesday by the Partnership at Drugfree.org.
"The reality is that marijuana is now legalized for recreational use in the states of Colorado and Washington and it's clear that society's views on marijuana are evolving dramatically," Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership at Drugfree.org, said in a news release from the group.
Support among adults for medical use, decriminalization and
legalization of marijuana was 70 percent, 50 percent and 40
percent, respectively, and only slightly lower among parents.
Support for each of these actions increased between 3 percent
and 11 percent when the participants were given specific
definitions for medicalization, decriminalization and legalization
of marijuana, the investigators noted.
The online survey of about 1,600 adults was conducted in early
March. Of the survey participants, 1,200 were parents of children
aged 10 to 19. Of these parents, 200 live in Colorado and 200 live
in Washington State, where marijuana was legalized last
Among the other findings:
"This new research provides richer insight into what today's parents believe about marijuana, their thoughts on legalization and the risks it may pose to adolescents," Pasierb said.
"The data bring to life the fact that parents -- including the large number who favor legalization -- have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens," he said. "Those expectations far exceed how legal marijuana is being implemented. So the fact remains, whether marijuana is legal or not, much more needs to be done to protect the health of our children."
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