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FILE-In this Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, a former U.S. Marine smokes medical marijuana in Belfast, Maine. A handful of recreational marijuana legalization drives has the medical pot industry bracing for something it never expected to deal with: competition. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

More than half of US adults have tried pot, according to a new poll


More than half of U.S. adults have tried marijuana at least once in their lives, according to a new Marist/Yahoo poll.

Cannabis' popularity continues to rise, with 56 percent of respondents saying they found marijuana "socially acceptable." But much of that support may be limited to medical marijuana, with 47 percent of respondents opposing recreational pot. 

Highlights from the poll:

  • Eight in ten Americans support legalizing medical marijuana
  • 14 percent say they use marijuana at least once or twice a month
  • 70 percent believe their parents would be unhappy to learn they smoked pot
  • 58 percent of parents say their children would disapprove if they found out they smoked pot
  • 73 percent of kids say they've talked to kids about marijuana
  • More parents say they worry about their kids using marijuana than drinking, smoking cigarettes or cheating on a test
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FILE - In this April 19, 2014 file photo, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. The annual event is the first 4/20 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in Jan. 2014. A year after Colorado's marijuana tax for schools came in far short of its goal, the fund is setting records and has accrued more money in the first five months in 2015 than it did for all of 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

And while legalizing recreational marijuana may seem far off in the U.S., Canada may be set to do so by summer 2018.

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