Marijuana Legalization: Parents Say Legal Age Should Be 21, Survey Finds

NEW YORK: A new survey has shows that even parents who support the legalization of marijuana think there should be restrictions of the drug to kids and teens.

USA Today reported that the new survey, done for the Partnership at Drugfree.org ( a New York City-based non-profit organization), included the opinions of 1,603 adults.

Of the adults surveyed, 1,200 were parents of kids ages 10-19. Forty-two percent of the adults said marijuana should be legalized, 52 percent said it should be decriminalized, and 70 percent said it should be legalized for medical purposes.

Ninety percent of the mothers and 94 percent of the fathers who were surveyed said the legal age for marijuana use should be 21.

Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org said in a release, “This new research provides richer insight into what today’s parents believe about marijuana, their thoughts on legalization and the risks it may pose to adolescents.

“The data bring to life the fact that parents – including the large number who favor legalization – have serious expectations that legal marijuana will be regulated and restricted to protect kids and teens,” he added.

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