Poll: Almost 50 Percent of Young Christians Support Legalizing Marijuana

Screen Shot 2013-04-28 at 8.43.18 AMThis sort of stuff is really fascinating to me. I wouldn’t technically fall into this category myself — I’m an under 30, self-identified Catholic who supports decriminalizing marijuana — but public opinion, it seems, is moving swiftly in favor of legalization. Via Hot Air and Yahoo! News:

A recent poll showing that a slim majority of Americans now support the legalization of marijuana made national headlines. And now, the pro-pot movement appears to have taken another step forward, with a survey showing that nearly half of all young Christians in the U.S. also favor legalizing cannabis.

In the poll, 50 percent of self-identified Christian youths ages 18-29 favor legalizing marijuana. Forty-four percent of those surveyed say they oppose legalization. Only 22 percent of Christian seniors who took part in the survey said they favor legalization.

The Catholic Church, for example, has certainly had its issues over the years, but this little nugget must have some evangelical Christians reeling:

Interestingly, a greater percentage young Christians say they find smoking pot to be morally acceptable compared with the general population. Fifty-two percent said they are OK with pot smoking, compared with 49 percent of all Americans.

Most fascinating of all, according to the study’s research director, six in ten Christian millennials “do not believe that new laws legalizing the use of marijuana signal widespread moral decline in the country.” Stunning. So what, exactly, do they believe it signifies?

Read more: townhall.com

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