Most Americans support medical marijuana, believe it’s less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco and opioids

Eight in 10 Americans think marijuana should be legal for medical use, and nearly half — 49 percent — approve of smoking pot for recreation purposes, according to a new poll designed to gauge the nation’s opinions about cannabis.

Commissioned by Yahoo! News and performed by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, the survey asked a representative sample of 1,122 adults nationwide via cellphones and land-line phones. It posed a series of questions delving into people’s feelings and perceptions about a plant that has increasingly gained public acceptance, with voters in a growing number of states approving various marijuana-use laws.

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