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For first time, majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana

Michael Dare, a medical marijuana user, displays a bud during a public consumption of marijuana rally at the Seattle Center on December 6, 2012 in Seattle. Despite the new law's ban on public marijuana use which is subject to a fine of about $50.00 many showed up for the smoke-in. In November, Washington state jumped into history becoming the first state along with Colorado to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize recreational marijuana use. UPI/Jim Bryant
Michael Dare, a medical marijuana user, displays a bud during a public consumption of marijuana rally at the Seattle Center on December 6, 2012 in Seattle. Despite the new law's ban on public marijuana use which is subject to a fine of about $50.00 many showed up for the smoke-in. In November, Washington state jumped into history becoming the first state along with Colorado to reject federal drug-control policy and legalize recreational marijuana use. UPI/Jim Bryant | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- A majority of Americans for the first time favor legalizing marijuana, a poll released Tuesday indicated.

Gallup said a clear majority of Americans -- 58 percent -- say marijuana should be legalized, a 10-point jump over the past year.

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In 1969 -- the first time Gallup asked the question -- only 12 percent favored legalization. By the 1970s the figure was 28 percent, and it reached 50 percent in 2011.

Thirty-eight percent of respondents said they have tried the drug.

A whopping 67 percent of Americans ages 18-29 support legalization, while those 65 and older are the only age group still opposing such a measure, Gallup said.

The poll of 1,028 adults ages 18 and older, conducted Oct. 3-6, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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