Nightly News   |  October 18, 2011

Half of Americans want pot legalized

For the first time in history, 50 percent of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Well, for the first time in the history of the Gallup poll , 50 percent of Americans now believe marijuana should be legalized.

Favor: 50%

Oppose: 47%

Source: Gallup

WILLIAMS: Of that number, more men than women, more Westerners than Easterners, more young people than old, answered affirmatively. But half of the American people now favoring legalization is what you might call an all-time high.