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Nearly 50 percent of young U.S. Christians favor legalization of marijuana

By Mason White 10:59 AM April 26, 2013
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By: Eva Fett
The solid conservative values of the United States Christian community seems to be fading away.

A recent survey shows that a slight majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. Now, the marijuana movement seems to have taken another step forward, with a survey showing that nearly half of all young Christians in the U.S. also favor the legalization of illegal drugs.

In the survey, 45 percent of young people, who self-identified as Christians, support marijuana legalization. Forty-nine percent of respondents say they are opposed to legalization. Only 22 percent of elderly Christians who participated in the survey said they favor legalization.

Interestingly, a high percentage of young Christians said that smoking marijuana is morally acceptable compared with the general population. Fifty-two percent said they are OK with marijuana, compared with 49 percent of all Americans.

Fifty-two percent of Christians who belong to an ethnic minority, said they smoked marijuana, compared with 44 percent of white Protestants and 40 percent of evangelical Protestants. These figures are in line with, or even greater than the average for all Americans, 42 percent of whom said they have tried marijuana.

Those who have smoked marijuana seem to have enjoyed the experience, with 65 percent of them in favor of legalization. Similarly, 65 percent of those who have never tried marijuana oppose decriminalization.

However, even among those who oppose the legalization of marijuana, more than 60 percent are in favor of allowing it to be used for medical purposes when prescribed by a physician.

“Even though I do not support smoking of marijuana for many reasons, I support the legalization of marijuana, since I believe that the government has no business telling adults what is moral and what is not morally acceptable, just like I wouldn’t want the government telling people that alcohol or cigarettes are not morally acceptable,” Buffy Tinsley, 36, of Minneapolis, Minnesota told after learning about the recent survey.