Pew: Latinos back marijuana legalization trend

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BY: JORGE BONILLA

weedA recent Pew study finds that a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, along with a majority of Hispanics. National support for legalization now stands at 52-45, while a simple majority of Hispanics support at 51%.

The Pew study found that from 2006, the percentage of individuals that deemed marijuana use to be a moral issue versus those who didn’t flip-flopped. The amount of individuals that believed marijuana to be morally acceptable remained near-constant.

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Support for legalizing marijuana jumped higher for Latinos – 16 percent – since 2010 than it did in the general population, which saw a rise of 11 percent, according to the study, published by Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan research group.

More than half of Latinos – 51 percent – say that the use of marijuana should be made legal, slightly less than the 52 percent in the general population who said the same. But Hispanics were less likely – 34 percent – to say they have tried marijuana than blacks or whites, half of whom reported having tried it.

Although there may be some stigma remaining among Hispanics, these findings are in line with a recent PUFFM study that we covered at The Shark Tank, which showed that Hispanics helped drive support in Florida, as well. 



 

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