63% Say Doctor-Prescribed Pot Is Okay

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rasmussen Reports

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Americans believe patients should be allowed to smoke marijuana if it is prescribed by a doctor.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 24% of adults say patients should not be allowed to smoke pot in cases like that. Thirteen percent (13%) are undecided.

The survey was taken following the announcement Monday by Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. that the federal government will no longer prosecute those who use marijuana for medical purposes or those who sell the drug to them.

Americans are more closely divided, however, when asked if the federal government should go after marijuana users even in states that allow its use for medical purposes. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the government should pursue criminal action against those who use pot in violation of federal law, but 45% disagree. Fifteen percent (15%) are undecided.

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