Majority of U.S. citizens see pot legalization as inevitable: poll
Different strains of pot are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP / Brennan Linsley)
Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:19AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2:10PM EDT
DENVER - Marijuana legalization in the U.S. seems inevitable to three-fourths of Americans, whether they support it or not.
That's according to a new poll out Wednesday by the Pew Research Center on the nation's shifting attitudes about drug policy.
The survey also suggested that the public supports a national move away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders by a nearly 2-1 margin.
The Pew poll showed growing public acceptance of pot use. Just 15 per cent said they would be bothered if people in their neighbourhood used marijuana in their own homes, though 63 per cent said they would be bothered by use in public.
The telephone survey of 1,821 adults was conducted Feb. 14-23. The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.