By an overwhelming majority, Americans want the federal government to let states go ahead with legalizing marijuana.
72% said federal officials should not arrest people who use marijuana in the states that have legalized the drug, according to a new poll. And 68% said people who grow the drug in those states should be left alone, too.
The Obama administration is still considering how and how much to intervene in states like Colorado and Washington, which recently legalized weed for recreational use. It's possible that public opinion will have some affect on federal decisions.
Only 47% of those polled favored legalizing marijuana, while 49% opposed it. That suggested that Americans view marijuana as a states' rights issue, regardless of whether they themselves personally favor legalization.
Posted 3pm PST.