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Half of Christian Young Adults Say Marijuana Should Be Legal

One-half of young Christians favor legalization of marijuana, says a new survey from PRRI. Photo courtesy shutterstock.com

Half of young Christians favor the legalization of marijuana, says a new survey out today from the Public Religion Research Institute. 

Perhaps predictably, survey results break down by age, with 50 percent of Christian young adults supporting legalization and only 22 percent of Christian seniors (65 and older) in support.

And while there is significant difference among religious affiliations on the issue of legalization, fewer Christians see individual marijuana use as moral problem. More than one-third of Christians see marijuana legalization as a sign of America's moral decline, for example, while only 23 percent believe using marijuana is a sin.

Despite differing opinions on recreational use, legalization of marijuana for medical purposes enjoys considerable support across the board. Read the full survey release here.


Catherine Woodiwiss is Associate Web Editor at Sojourners.

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