A new survey from the Pew Research Center says that for the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing he use of marijuana.

The margin in the survey — 52 percent for to 45 percent against — is relatively narrow, but reflects a dramatic shift from four decades ago when just 12 percent of Americans surveyed favored legalizing pot.

The survey also suggests legalization is most popular among young adults, while less than a third of the oldest age cohorts favor it.

Use of marijuana should be made legal

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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