According to an HBO Real Sports/Marist poll, more than 6 out of 10 sports fans think marijuana should still be banned in professional sports, despite laws legalizing its use. Sixty-two percent of adults nationally believe the ban should stay in place, while 36% of Americans think the marijuana ban should be lifted, and 2% are unsure. Similar proportions of sports fans share these views.
When asked if marijuana use by professional athletes to relieve pain and anxiety trump its negative effects on performance, nearly two-thirds of Americans -- 64% -- say professional athletes should not be allowed to use the drug because of the negative effects it has on their game. Thirty-four percent, however, believe they should be permitted to use the drug for medicinal purposes, and 3% are unsure. The views of sports fans are in line with the overall population.
Additionally, Americans under thirty -- 55% -- are more likely to say athletes should be allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. This compares with just 39% of residents 30 to 44 years old, 30% of those 45 to 59, and 23% of Americans 60 and older.
Posted 12:00 AM | Jan 21, 2014
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