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Majority want feds out of state pot laws

Dec. 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

PRINCETON, N.J., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Sixty-four percent of Americans said they oppose federal enforcement of marijuana laws in states where smoking marijuana is legal, Gallup said.

Americans who say they think marijuana should be legal overwhelmingly said the federal government should not get involved at the state level, as do four in 10 of those opposed to decriminalized marijuana, results of the USA Today-Gallup poll released Monday indicated.

Forty-eight percent said they thought marijuana use should be legalized while 50 percent said it should not, the Princeton, N.J., polling agency said.

Voters in Washington and Colorado in November legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, putting the state laws at odds with the federal Controlled Substances Act that makes marijuana use illegal.

Results are based on nationwide telephone interviews with 1,015 adults conducted Nov. 26-29. The margin of error is 4 percentage points.

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