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Americans split 50/50 on marijuana debate

Washington (ABC) -- According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted by Langer Research Associates, Americans are split down the middle on legalizing marijuana.

49 percent of people who participated in the poll support personal use of the drug in small amounts.

48 percent are opposed.

The percentage of people who support personal marijuana use is up one percent point from almost a year ago, the poll shows.

Support for personal use of marijuana is at its highest among 18 to 39 year olds.

According to the poll, there are few differences across other demographics, such as race, education, sex, region, or children living in the home.

There have been 23 states that have decriminalized marijuana possession or allowed the medical use of the drug. Washington and Colorado both allow the sale and possession of marijuana for personal use, as long as the amount is less than one ounce.

The poll was done over the phone with a random sample of 1,011 adults.

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