Magazine poll: 85% of grandparents want to legalize marijuana

5:31 PM, May 27, 2011   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA -- It's something very hard for a lot of us to imagine: our grandparents smoking marijuana.

But a new poll finds an overwhelming majority of them support legalizing the drug.

"What we found was an amazing response," said Christine Crosby, CEO of a St. Petersburg company that publishes Grand Magazine, geared toward grandparents.

In their March-April issue, a poll of more than 100 readers found more than 85% back legalizing pot.

"They said absolutely, I mean unequivocally. No hedging their bets, get it legal now," Crosby explained.

One reader wrote "not only should pot be legal, we should encourage marijuana use over alcohol as a recreational substance."

Crosby says the poll reflects Baby Boomers, who grew up as pot became more mainstream, getting older and becoming grandparents.

"The overwhelming commentary was about the money being spent, the billions of dollars to arrest, put in jail, penalize people who are using marijuana, when we have schools, welfare, health issues that are far more important," she said.

The results, though, were much higher than some anticipated.

"Very surprising.  I would've thought it would've been the other way around," said Kelly Olson, a St. Petersburg mother.

That may have been true, according to magazine editors, if the same survey was taken 15 years ago.

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