Americans Support Legal Pot Smoking, As Long As It’s Not In Public Places

Americans are largely in support of legalizing marijuana for recreational use, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll shows. But the poll shows Americans are even more likely to support legalizing marijuana use by individuals in their own homes, while few want it to be legal to light up in public.

According to the new poll, 49 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized, while 38 percent said it should not be. Even more — 55 percent — said they would support their state “passing a law making recreational marijuana use legal but taxing marijuana sales, limiting the sale of marijuana only to people 21 years old or older, and making it illegal to take marijuana out of state,” similar to the laws that have been passed in Colorado and Washington.


A student smokes marijuana in Colorado, where the drug is legal. Americans largely support the legalization of the drug for use by individuals in their own homes. | Chris Hondros via Getty Images